Ask in order to know the best value.

27 08 2015

“There is no such thing as absolute value in this world.  You can only estimate what a thing is worth to you.” ~ Charles Dudley Warner

Value is indeed variable.  One million dollars, about one million dollars in family heirloom jewelry, and about one million dollars worth of horse farm and horses don’t have the same value to different people.  If this was an inheritance, and there were 3 heirs, splitting the 3 items in thirds might be much less value than giving each of the 3 heirs what they want.  One might love the horse farm, one might want all of thve jewelry, and the third might be a struggling college student who could love the money!

Leaders, keep this in mind when negotiating contracts, or when working on improving morale among your team.  One employee might love the idea of telecommuting, while another might know that it would be a disaster, with the dogs and family making noise at home.  One might value a small raise a lot more than flexible working hours, or vice versa.  How do you know which motivational scheme might be most valuable to your team?  Well, you just have to ask.

Speaking of estimating…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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