Harvey Mackay wrote a wonderful column on coasting towards apathy – disengagement.
Here is one of the stories in his article:
An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer of his plans to leave the house-building business and live a more leisurely life so he and his wife could enjoy their extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by.
The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he would build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.
When the carpenter finished his work his employer came to inspect the house. He asked, “Are you satisfied with the house?” When the carpenter said that he was, his employer said, “Good, because the house is yours. “My gift to you!”
The carpenter was shocked! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have made sure it was all first class.
So it is with us. We build our lives, a day at a time, often putting less than our best into the construction. Are you cutting corners and squandering time, commitment and effort?
Are you building a house of full employee engagement?
Click here to read Harvey’s full column on coasting towards apathy.
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