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My Thought for the Day…March 30, 2019…Shine On!

“Well we all shine one, like the moon and the stars and the sun.”
John Lennon

Shine On!

A song for Saturday.

Have a great weekend!

My Thought for the Day…March 22, 2019

“You can motivate by fear, you can motivate by reward, but both those methods are only temporary.  The only lasting thing is self motivation.”

-Homer Rice

I once worked at company that decided to adopt the strategy of motivation by fear.   It may have seemed effective on the surface, but morale became terribly eroded.  The once friendly and family like environment turned into a tense and uncomfortable place to be.  The fear was palpable.

Everybody was worried about their “number,” it was so bad people, were afraid to hydrate themselves properly throughout the day because going to the bathroom took precious time and impacted the “number.”  Even jobs that weren’t originally so “number” based became all about that elusive number.

Veterans with years of tribal knowledge were no longer valued for their contributions unless they could make their “number,” and even then, they really weren’t valued.  The writing was on the wall, younger, disposable workers were obviously preferred.  Older workers were not.  Some tried to apply out to other jobs and were continually blocked and demoralized into submission, sometimes only for the company to accrue enough “evidence” to finally let them go.

It was, and still is a horrible tragedy and a gross waste of human talent and potential.

I saw the writing on the wall, and I found as time went on, I could not continue to watch and experience this sort of treatment of once valued human beings, who were only viewed as “numbers” now.   So yes, I finally got out, the hope that I would finally be seen again as a valuable employee finally left me altogether.  I decided to go back to school and learn a new skill, web development.  Of course, I still second guess myself, could I have made it work?  But my husband can answer that question for you, he says that I am finally smiling again, I am no longer a bare wire.  That it is so nice that I am not so hyper vigilant with fear and paranoia anymore, that less money is better than living with that again.

So how do you motivate people to work for you, to give you their absolute best?  I am lucky, I also experienced this at that very same company years earlier.  Respect, simple respect is all it takes.  I had bosses that demonstrated just that, bosses who respected our talents and contributions, but also realized as humans we would have our off days, and that was ok, because most days were on.  Bosses I came to respect so much that had they asked me to clean a toilet, I would have, because they were the type of bosses who would never ask you to do something they themselves would not do.

I guess that is my litmus test.  That is the type boss that I would aspire to be, to motivate with pure respect and to not ask my employees to do things I myself wouldn’t be willing to do if necessary.

 

My Thought for the Day…March 20, 2019

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

-Maya Angelou

I added the part ‘Make them feel valued’, because deep down that is what most people want, to feel valued, to feel that someone else sees their worth.  Simple respect for others because they exist costs you nothing, from janitor to CEO it doesn’t matter, all humans deserve respect and will remember the feeling you left them with.

Have a great Wednesday!

 

My Thought for the Day…March 15, 2019

“Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it too.  Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it.”

-Diane Sawyer

There is more than enough to go around.  Believing we have equal right to it can be quite difficult for many of us.  Once we can accept we are worthy of what we want, the rest comes easy.  Or so I am told…

Have a great Friday, we made it again!

 

My Thought for the Day…March 5, 2019

“When the world does its level best to devalue me in ways that are nothing short of brutal, all it does is evidence my value”

-Craig D. Lounsbrough

This will happen.  Oh, maybe it’s not the world per se, (although sometimes it feels like it) it is usually just, I have found, jealous people who devalue you.

In the moment it can be hard to see their true purpose in the assault, but truly it is more a reflection of their low self-esteem than your true worth.  In truth their choice to assault you and attempt to degrade you does indeed evidence your value, for why else would they waste their time?