Rod Serling would narrate at the opening, “You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead—your next stop, the Twilight Zone.”
Part 2 of Creating Workforce Series
Imagine if you will an organization that “takes on” the traditional 18th century militaristic approaches to leadership in order to tap into their people’s strengths and create a happy, collaborative workforce that chooses to be effective. Imagine the characteristics of good goal setting, the natural focus of business to “compete and complete” aligned with placing willing people on teams and projects that they enjoy and have genuine interest. Imagine a workforce that sees their efforts connected to the difference they are making in the world…in peoples’ lives. Frankly, the pace at many organizations pressed by well-intentioned accountability blurs meaningful connection between “the job”, the value it brings to the internal and external community it serves and the people who are…well…actually doing...the “job”.
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An Old Story for Illustration
Dr. William Glasser writes in his book, Choice Theory: “In 1942, when my late wife was sixteen years old, she worked part time in the office of a large paint factory. The owner, a
wealthy man in his eighties, enjoyed bringing her into his office to tell her stories about how cleverly he had run the factory. His favorite story started in 1932 during the height of the Great Depression. At the time his office staff of about 40 people was managed by a woman who had been with him for years. One day he told the manager he wanted her to start to work at eight instead of the usual eight thirty and would pay her for the extra half hour. But she was not to tell anyone she was being paid for the extra.
In 1932, jobs were scarce; there were ten people ready to step in immediately if there was an opening. Six days a week---they regularly worked Saturday morning---forty employees saw the manager hard at work when they came in. A few came earlier and then a few more. They were afraid to say anything to her, and of course she said nothing. Fearing for their jobs, they began to come in earlier and earlier until, in a few months, they were all coming in at eight and going right to work. When he
told my wife the story, the old man laughed and slapped his leg saying, ‘A half hour free work, twenty hours a day, six days a week out of forty people for nine years.’" Then the war started and jobs were plentiful.
Is the old man’s story out of date?
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