Paying people puts bums on seats, it does not engage hearts and minds. Leadership skills engage hearts and minds.
When people ask me how they can regain some sense of control over their lives when things become difficult to manage, I try to remind them to turn their attention to that which they will always be able to manage.
Human beings are predictable, we all want the same things. We do not, however, all look for these things in the right places.
It is not owning a car that fulfills one; it is only the joy of driving that can possibly be fulfilling. But the driving is something you do, not something you get or have.
Etsko Schuitema explains in this animated video that what we have been conditioned to believe does not lead us to achieve the things that we seek when we go to work everyday; self interest is, apparently, not in our best interest!
We Exist not to Make a Living, but to Make a Contribution
If we base our significance on being recognised by others then surely they have the power to bestow or withhold that significance from us? We have then yielded our power to another.
I suppose it is only when we fight off the tiredness and live our fate through that we can be called a ‘person of knowledge’, albeit only briefly.
When you put attention to what you should be giving, you become strong and balanced, you cannot be manipulated and easily swayed from what you have decided to do…
The criteria that people hold universally for the ideal boss are that the boss should care for them and grow them. This universality is significant.