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An Interesting Way to Ask For a Raise

March 24, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

As many of you know, I’m all about empowering employees and in The 3 Laws of Empowerment for High Growth Companies I talk about empowering employees to make your organization grow ( We embrace empowerment philosophies in our business as well. Recently, one of my employees expressed an interest in earning more money. Rather than coming to me just saying, “Pay me more,” they came to me talking about how they wanted to add more value, do more, help more people, and really help the business. That becomes a win/win. My empowered employee learns new skills, does a better job, and meets the needs of my customers and others, and thereby, allows me to pay them more (because my business will improve with them contributing more).

How is this working in your organization? Are your empowered employees looking for ways to grow their business? Do you have employees who feel like “owners” in your company?

My friend, Daren Martin, wrote a book called, A Company of Owners, about how everybody in your company should have an ownership philosophy ( I think it’s important to think about this and embrace his teaching.

Do your people feel like they are invested in the company and outcomes? Do they own the ability to do more, and do they own the ability to add value and create a life that they want or do they feel like they’re merely robots or cogs in a machine? What kind of culture are you developing?

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Hans-Gunther Dreyer.


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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment (, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can reach R. Shawn McBride at or (214) 418-0258.


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