This week’s thought might be a bit provocative.
I was chatting with a colleague recently who had just returned from a trip to the Philippines. We’ll call her Leanne.
She had been investigating outsourcing some work to a company over there and had visited some of the outsourcing companies.
As we chatted she remarked how surprised she was to hear how much the employees of the companies wanted their companies to do well. They really wanted them to become massively successful on a global scale. When she enquired about the reason, they said simply, “It means we have a job for life and can take care of our families.”
Leanne was taken aback. The workers were so grateful and had simple needs. They valued their families and they enjoyed music.
Leanne couldn’t help but notice the difference between the Filipino and Australian culture when it came to work.
“The only word I can think of to describe some of the Aussie workers is entitled,” she said.
“There is little accountability and I might get taken to a tribunal if I dare to ask someone what they’ve been doing for the day or the week, or worse, the more the success the company enjoys, the more the workers want a cut. It’s almost like they question helping you build the business. Contrary to what most people believe, the majority of business owners work very long hours and are not rich.”
Wow, I could see that this trip had really affected her and as much as I hate to admit it, I too have seen that entitled attitude appear from time to time.
How about you, are you or your team entitled?
How about we all make a conscious effort to be grateful for what we have. Being grateful for what we have, even if we don’t particularly like where we’re at, is the quickest way to move out of it onto something better.
My challenge to you this week is to notice and record all the things you can be grateful for right now.