I am not attracted to elitism; I want to hear solidarity
I really don’t like to hear talk about selecting the “top 10%” or managing some people, they so-called talent, differently from other people. I am not attracted to elitism; I want to hear solidarity. Partly this is a matter of temperament. It is also a matter of technicalities.
I am a personnel psychologist by trade. I do selection. Y0u can’t position a business to work for only a few people! You will not be able to secure your labour supply. And without a constant supply of labor, you simply don’t have a business! So please, don’t be disloyal and ridiculous!
That doesn’t mean we treat every one the same though. We treat them differently because their needs are different. But we are equally committed and loyal to everyone.
Can’t do it? Yes, we can. I’ve run a class of 850+ students and I was able to run it with a policy that “each and every student was as important as the next.” You can run you much smaller outfit with the same even handedness. I am not going to let you off!
As it is Sunday, a motivational story
The Two Pots
A Water Bearer in China had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole, which he carried across his neck.
One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.
For a full two years, this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots of water to his house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.
After 2 years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes my water to leak out all the way back to your house.”
The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, we would not have such beauty.
Love us for our unique flaws
Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.
We’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.
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