Management, no other profession offers the opportunity to help others learn, grow and contribute to the success of the team. Yet, increased productivity, does not necessarily yield the deep reward of building up people. Driven by limited resources, many leaders are forced to focus on activities that increase revenues or decrease costs, instead of investing in people.
In our personal lives, people with a drive to succeed have the propensity to under invest in families and over invest in their careers. Many years down the road, they may realize this came at a cost. The price was meaningful, caring relationships with their family.
Repeatedly, we can perpetuate the cyle that allocates resources to things that matter to us the least. Organizational culture dictates the way to achieve goals involves efficiency and is not deeply rooted in values. Workplace culture can be defined consciously or evolve in a happens chance way.
Leading your life and leading a team based on principle takes diligence.
Have you ever decided, Just this once, I'll break the rules or go against my principles? It is far better to draw the line and never cross it. To do this, you have to know what you stand for.
Every job has some sort of purpose and meaning, letting that contribution drive action will ultimatley make work more meaningful. Also, people who know their values and refuse to compromise will have more happiness at work.
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