Leadership Techniques Produce Results at Momentum Transport

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Momentum Transport CEO Greg Giles and partner Baylor Fortmeyer have earned a reputation for a management style that breeds success at their car shipping and trucking company. Through a structured self-evaluation process, they recently identified five leadership practices that are essential to employee motivation and productivity.

As an owner, I want everyone to know our vision for the company. Getting our employees to buy into the vision makes it more likely that they will accomplish it

Momentum Transport CEO Greg Giles and partner Baylor Fortmeyer have earned a reputation for a management style that breeds success at their car shipping and trucking company. Through a structured self-evaluation process, they recently identified five leadership practices that are essential to employee motivation and productivity. Creating this upbeat environment also has a lot to do with the company's positive growth and profitability. Giles believes their management approach can be applied to business leadership in other industries.

The first leadership principle involves the people they hire. Giles notes that making the right hiring decisions is essential. At Momentum Transport, they use a rigorous interview process to ensure that all members of the team have common interests and will relate well from day one. "We try to hire A-team players every time--ones that share the same values and beliefs," says Giles. Fortmeyer adds, "We seek out experienced people who are consummate professionals." As a result, the enthusiasm of their most talented, resourceful employees spreads throughout the organization.

The vision communicated by the executive leadership is at the heart of the second practice. "As an owner, I want everyone to know our vision for the company. Getting our employees to buy into the vision makes it more likely that they will accomplish it," says Giles, who uses numerous communication strategies, including meetings and emails. The vision is also communicated in the partners' leadership style. Fortmeyer and Giles have adopted a fun, upbeat, "assist and guide attitude" that helps employees enjoy their work.

While it is important to communicate the vision, Giles and Fortmeyer point out that a third step, aligning goals with the vision, must also occur. They schedule daily huddles with the team to ensure that the goals align with the vision. These sessions also provide the opportunity to discuss progress made toward achieving goals and to problem solve.

Their fourth technique is to empower company personnel. The organization is set up so that employees have the level of responsibility and accountability akin to running their own business. Giles and Fortmeyer advocate using incentives and rewards for delivering results and have implemented a generous system for company employees.

Ultimately, a motivating, successful environment starts at the top. Their fifth practice addresses the attitude of the leadership team. Giles acknowledges that leaders must work at staying motivated. He meets regularly with a peer group in order to maintain the right mindset and keep himself inspired every day.

Operating with these five leadership practices, the company recently received the 2009 BBB Winner of Distinction award and has earned an "A+" rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Since 1996, Momentum Transport has been the nation's premier provider of auto transport and freight shipping services. Momentum's goal to provide value-priced, hassle-free transport services has helped to vault the company to one of the largest and most well-respected transport providers in the country. From multi-national corporations and dealerships to everyday consumers, Momentum Transport assists in the movement of thousands of vehicles and loads of freight on a yearly basis - while never comprising its commitment to unmatched quality and seamless customer service.

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