Investing With Time and Encouragement
“If it is worth having, it is worth waiting for.”
– Jack London
Mr. London said it well and over my years of working with teams of “Weeders” I have gotten a taste of what “worth” means. One good example comes to mind with an employee of mine named Victor. Victor had a problem – he felt detached, alone, set apart from the rest of the team. He dealt with this the way many of us do – he remained silent, distant, and appeared disapproving. His problem was my problem, our problem. As a manager his job is to lead his team and they were reluctant to follow.
I needed to find the solution to his (our) problem. So, we began meeting regularly to talk about how he felt and why he felt it. We met every two weeks at first, and in those meetings I shared with him countless stories and books. I pointed to examples of greatness. We talked about courage and what it meant to dedicate our efforts for good. I asked him to do one thing everyday before we met again. It was something I learned from 3 different millionaires:
To begin the difficult task of having a conversation with himself – about his value – his place on the team. Self Talk is a valuable tool that has been around for decades – to speak to your self as a valuable, likeable, lovable person. Nutty as it sounds, it does great work!
Every two weeks, became every month, then every two months and slowly, ever so slowly, the roots began to grow and then one day…. I saw worth in Victor– the worth he sees in himself – the worth of his courage and work. And I knew, every minute of every talk was “worth” IT .
Jack London’s quotation is often represented as a stand-alone statement. The remainder of it goes like this:
“If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well. If it is worth having, it is worth waiting for. If it is worth attaining, it is worth fighting for. If it is worth experiencing, it is worth putting aside time for.” – Jack London
Investing in our employees with time and encouragement is “worth” every minute.