I met with Ian Perry yesterday and we had a good chat over a cup of tea. In talking, something came to mind about things I do with my kids.
I’m a lazy kind of guy, so find it easy to opt for doing easy things. Easy for me means popping the telly box on for them and watching TV aimlessly. It means passing them the DS and just letting half an hour pass. It means making a chip butty for lunch instead of a tuna sandwich with carrot sticks.
I learned quickly that although not bad things, they certainly weren’t good things.
So I changed. Telly box and gaming stuff gets limited time. Crafts, lego building, drawings, Nerf gun battles, chess playing, draughts playing all get more time. Lunch is better, though I often check in with the higher power (their mother) about what is better for them.
So the good things become and feel better and more healthy.
I made a short hop skip and a jump in my mind to organisations.
It’s easy to do easy things like increase pay, or exit people when we think we need a monetary incentive to make them work harder or we’re not happy with them.
It’s easy to criticise and point the finger.
It’s easy to save that hard discussion about performance for another day.
Easy means we cheat people of being better.
Doing good means seeking ways to make things better.
It means simple things like saying thank you for a job well done.
It means giving helpful feedback if someone hasn’t done something as you’d expected.
It means treating the team to goodies just because they deserve it.
I like being good. It helps me to feel good.
Do good things, not easy things.
Earlier this morning, Doug passed a helpful challenge to me.
— Doug Shaw (@dougshaw1) January 21, 2014
He’s of course right. We have to be mindful of good in the context of what we’re trying to achieve.
Equally, if we can get a ‘quick win’ which is genuine and truly helpful, then why wouldn’t we?