bite size wisdom form “finding purpose & passion in the workplace

A purpose is a mission statement. An organization invariably has one, which it expects every employee to live up to. Sure, the employee will do what he is told to do, but he is motivated to work for a different reason. He works because he has to support a family; he has to work in order to survive. Although the employee is committed to the work, there is no alignment between the employee’s mission statement and that of the organization’s. Without this critical alignment, there is little motivation for the employee to do more than he should, or to help the organization achieve its greater goals.


Let me share to you a story about “The Donkey Carrying Salt”…


A Merchant, driving his Donkey homeward from the seashore with a heavy load of salt, came to a river crossed by a shallow ford. They had crossed this river many times before without accident, but this time the Donkey slipped and fell when halfway over. And when the Merchant at last got him to his feet, much of the salt had melted away. Delighted to find how much lighter his burden had become, the Donkey finished the journey very happily.


Next day the Merchant went for another load of salt. On the way home the Donkey, remembering what had happened at the ford, purposely let himself fall into the water, and again got rid of most of his burden.


The angry Merchant immediately turned about and drove the Donkey back to the seashore, where he loaded him with two great baskets of sponges. At the ford the Donkey again tumbled over; but when he had scrambled to his feet, it was a very disconsolate Donkey that dragged himself homeward under a load ten times heavier than before.


The same measures will not suit all circumstances. Counter old tricks with new ones.


Like the donkey, most of us dread our jobs, seeing it as mundane, meaningless and without a purpose. To the donkey, the salt is a burden. To the merchant, however, the salt could have given his family sufficient income to live for a year.


(Sharing more on this today st the Joy@Work Finding Purpose and Passion in the Workplace at SkyPlaza Center, Malugay St., corner Gil Puyat Avenue., Makati City)






May 8, 2013
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