Two brothers of about the same age and with many similar interests – one of which is motorcycling. The older brother is recently retired and the other is slightly short of that time.
During the process of installing a new rear tire, brakes and wheel bearings, the older brother emails the younger saying how nice it is to have the time to be able to repair his own motorcycle to which the younger brother replies, “I can’t wait until I have the funds to pay someone else to do it!”
What a great example of the difference in the value of time and money. As Daniel Pink points out in “Drive – The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us,” we will often do work for ourselves that we will not accept pay for to do for someone else. The value of time is to do what we want to do. The interesting thing is we might use it working physically harder than we do at our place of paid employment.
The challenge for the leader is to connect these dots. Help your people align their passion with the work that needs to be done.
How do you help align these priorities for your team? Can you share an example?