Do we want and need to work hard?
- What is a fair days work for people in the 'If you were…' groups?
- What is a fair reward for them?
- What would you consider to be exceptional performance in each scenario?
- How would you define exceptional performance?
- How would you reward exceptional performance?
- The notion of 'hard work'. What does it mean?
- Who really wants to work hard?
- Who wants us to work hard and why?
- Is hard work rewarding, if so how and for whom?
- If hard work is a virtue, why don't more people go to work in a South African gold mine? Pick coffee beans in Columbia? Clean toilets for a living?
- The notion of 'Arbeit Macht Frei' 'Freedom Through Labor' (the sign above the gate at Auschwitz.)
- Define talent.
- Define experience.
- Define wisdom.
- How much talent, experience and wisdom have you in your organization?
- Where, internally or externally, does this talent, experience and wisdom focus its attention?
- Do qualifications equate with talent, experience and wisdom?
- Is your organization blinded by the qualifications of the few, preventing the contributon of the talent, experience and wisdom of the many?
- How can talent, experience and wisdom better express itself in the workplace?
- Should we look for talent, experience and wisdom in our workplaces and in the people we seek to hire? Where are we likely to find it?
- If liberated in the workplace, what are the likely benefits?
- Relationships at work. What does any decent person want from a relationship?
- How many relationships can you think of that exist in your workplace? One to one, one to many, many to many? Are they open, honest and direct, or not?
- Honestly, is the talent, experience and wisdom, plus relationships being exploited, in the negative sense, in your workplace? Or, is the talent and the relationships motivated to express itself / themselves, fully congruent with the goals of your organization, the wider community and beyond?