Today, we introduce "Enough Said," a new Friday feature of BUILDER Pulse designed to give you a thought to toss around in your mind, perhaps over the weekend. Then, bring it back into play on Monday, in the form of one, or three, or five, doable little changes in your practice, your firm, your enterprise.
Ideally, we could use this place--our comments area below--as a "circle of competence" to test, sound out, vet, and refine some of those pre-doable ideas. Little ideas you can do and sustain are better than big ideas we can only dream about, but mostly get nixed by finance. The hope here is that our "Enough Said" though is simple and provocative enough that you cannot not act.
Here's the thought problem for you.
Which is the more meaningful priority as regards your ultimate success in 2016 and beyond, your employee(s), or your customer(s)?
It's an odd, cognitively almost dissonant thought. But, in fact, your employee or associate is a customer, one who buys your plan for his or her livelihood pathway for a period of time.
When career and gig begin to appear as polarized points of reference, there's a lot to rethink.
So, for today's "Enough Said," with a hat tip to an old friend and bright light Noah Briar, let's turn to the heart-and-soul paragraph within a November [Friday the 13th] Life@Work piece by Tony Schwartz in the New York Times, entitled, "The Secret to Sustaining High Job Performance."
If you want a more profitable or successful 2016, you should read the piece. But here's the paragraph I'm talking about. "We feel better and perform better when four core energy needs are met: sufficient rest, including the opportunity for intermittent renewal during the work day; feeling valued and appreciated; having the freedom to focus in an absorbed way on the highest priorities; and feeling connected to a mission or a cause greater than ourselves."