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A matter of perspective

A synergistic, empowered and productive team consists of individuals who envision their input as meaningful and significant.

The story is told of a traveller who visited a stone quarry and asked three workers what they were doing.

“Can’t you see?” said the first one irritably, “I’m cutting stone.”

The second replied, “I’m earning a living.”

But the third put down his pick and thrust out his chest proudly, “I’m building a cathedral,” he said.

How people view their work makes a significant impact on long-term productivity; all workers perform and respond to change best when they are accomplishing goals that matter to them.

Are you “cutting stone” or “building a cathedral”? A worthwhile question to ask of yourself and your team.