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Wendie’s Weekly Diary – Motivation


I have just finished reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, a colossal novel depicting the rise of the charismatic and omnicompetent Thomas Cromwell.

I’m sure I should have something profound and intellectual to say about this magnificent piece of literature but to be honest, my over-riding thought when I’d finished was:

“ Bloody hell, HR law was so much less complicated in the days of Henry VIII”.

Coaching? Informal Counselling? Disciplinary processes? Appeals? No, don’t bother with all that; just cut off their heads.

Granted, things are much fairer these days but I bet some people would have a lot more motivation to do their jobs well if the alternative was an appointment with a drunken executioner and a rusty old axe.

As you may gather, I am not in the best of moods.

I have been musing on why it is that some people, despite being paid well over the national average, have such a seemingly low appetite to excel at work. Why they seek more money, power and independence but are not prepared to be accountable for their actions. Why they wait to be ‘spoon-fed’ rather than seek out information for themselves. Is it lack of competence or is it lack of integrity? Possibly, but I think it has more to do with general laziness.

Whatever it is, it is something I have only ever encountered here in the UK and it makes me really angry (in case you hadn’t guessed); especially during a recession, with so many others out of work who would kill for the roles that these people take for granted.

My work has taken me all over the world and I’ve never met anyone in business in Africa, India, Kazakhstan or Trinidad who doesn’t make every effort to excel at what they do.

The people I have met in these countries have passion. To learn. To be the best they can be. They have strong values, vision and most of all hope for a better life; for themselves and their families. They stand accountable for their actions and are willing to work hard for the rewards they receive.

Is it because they have so little to start with, compared to us? I don’t know. But I do know we can learn a lot from them. We can make the most of the opportunities we have because we certainly have more opportunities than they do. We can learn, we can take pride in our work and do our jobs to the very best of our abilities.

Perhaps one day I’ll round up the people of the UK who think the world owes them and take them to Aksai, Kazakhstan; where the land is grey, the houses greyer still and the sky greyest of all. And where the people have so little, work so hard and, in stark contrast to their surroundings, are so very vibrant.

Maybe then, the lazy sods will see what I mean.

Posted by Wendie,
5th July 2010, 3:17pm

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