For a breakfast program on October 31, 2019, we were proud to welcome our clients and colleagues to a program devoted to What’s Next: Driving Innovation with Leadership. Lucky for us at Cushman & Wakefield, one of our clients for over 30 years happens to be an expert in leadership. Aron Ain, CEO of Kronos, joined over 100 people with his thoughts, ideas and tactics from his book, WorkInspired: How to Build an Organization Where Everyone Loves to Work, to successfully drive leadership.
“Trust is the magic glue that holds everything together.” This is a philosophy that has served as the foundation of Ain’s success both personally and professionally. “Try trusting employees, try being uncomfortable with how much you trust them. The results will be amazing,” Ain said, noting that institutionalizing trust has led to Kronos consistently topping lists such as the prestigious Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For,” The Boston Globe’s “Top Places to Work in Massachusetts” and Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work.”
Innovation, while oftentimes uncomfortably challenging, will yield incredible results, according to Ain. He’s taken Kronos through a monumental period of growth anchored by their employees at all levels, doing so by placing value on the importance of trust, overcommunication and nurturing an environment committed to retaining great people.
Aron has made a habit of innovating and leading with action. From dedicating an entire floor of his Lowell headquarters to community building to implementing an unlimited vacation policy, he has shaped the company as an employee-centered hub of innovative thinking. The formula continues to work as Kronos continues to perform as a $1.5 billion global enterprise software powerhouse.
John Boyle, Vice Chairman in our Boston office, who has known and worked with Aron for years, engaged in a “fireside chat”, discussing leadership lessons and having a renewed appreciation for actively and effectively communicating with people.
In 2016, Ain and Jonathan Proffitt worked with Cushman & Wakefield on Kronos’ relocation to the Cross Point campus in Lowell, MA. With 435,000 square feet of bright and open office space, Kronos was able to bring more than 1,200 employees under one roof. The move to Lowell has led to community partnerships with Lowell-based organizations such as UMass Lowell, Project LEARN and Inner City Capital Connections. “Great people want opportunities to do good within our community” said Ain “and I believe deeply that great organizations are driven by great people.”
Carolyn Sidor, Managing Principal for our New England offices, opened the morning and closed the session. At the conclusion of the program, she shared her thoughts, as stated by Ain in WorkInspired: “Innovation is a great adventure… so go and let your people fly.”
Please enjoy photos from the event and let us know if you’d like to be included next time we get together to talk about What’s Next.