The OTHER 80/20 rule

28 10 2016

“Vegetables are a must on a diet.  I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” ~ Jim Davis

“Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.” ~ James A. Garfield

I can’t take a leadership lesson from the quotes above, other than sometimes, especially on casual Friday, it’s OK to take a minute just to laugh, and appreciate how humans can take a traditional truism/saying, and turn it into something funny, and worth appreciating for it’s wit.  I can take a leadership lesson from today’s comic below, though, so skip down and read it, then come back up.  It’s OK… I’ll wait for you…

Leaders, understand that there will often be a gap between what you can afford to give your employees, and what they’re expecting.  The lady below is giving away her own hard-earned bread, and the duck isn’t satisfied.  You may have found yourself giving a “good” raise to an employee who resents it because they think they deserve a great one.  How does a gift create resentment?  It comes from a conflict between one’s self worth, and their externally perceived worth from others.  So, when you do a good thing, and don’t get the appreciation that you expect, remember that the lack of a thank you, or the grumbling about how “THIS” is all they got is based on the 80/20 rule:  80% of people believe they are in the top 20% of any group, performance wise.

(See how I tied back to the beginning there?  No?  Go ahead and read it again… I’ll wait for your well deserved appreciation of how witty I am… at least from the REAL top 20% of you!)  🙂

Speaking of bread…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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