“Make no small plans…for they have not the power to stir men's blood.”
|--Niccolo Machiavelli, 1514|
“The way I see it, leadership does not begin with power but rather with a compelling vision or goal of excellence.”
|--Frederick W. Smith, CEO, Federal Express|
A critical condition for employee enthusiasm is a clear, credible, and inspiring organizational purpose; in effect, it's a “reason for being” that translates for workers into a “reason for being there.” This might seem odd when talking about for-profit enterprises—isn't the idea simply to make a buck and don't employees, in turn, understand that and simply want to be paid well? Well, in fact, no. We humans are not that simple. Not in what we ...