They must yearn for the goal

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Do you have children, or at least good friends who are parents? If you do, then you can answer this next question flawlessly, but even if you don’t it still should be easy.

What do you find easier to do, make a child do something, or have him do something for you he already wants to do?

Ok, simple enough to figure out, but in case you have doubts, the second case is the easier road to take.

Second exercise. What is easier to do, to have a child do something for you without telling them what it is exactly what they are doing and for what purpose, or share with them the plan and build hype around it? 

This one should be pretty obvious as well, but in case you are wondering, second case is the correct one as well.

And this is precisely the same attitude you need to have with your fellow employees. You need to enunciate the plan, explain the goal, distribute the workloads and assign tasks based on importance. Then you have to hype out the goal and possible result to strive for. 

People tend to work more sincerely for things they believe in, things they desire and believe they deserve. And success builds confidence which increases probability of outcome which leads to more success. You’ll do fine.


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