Wednesday, 29 April 2015

The Miser and his Gold

One of my favourite Aesop's tales goes like this .... 

Once upon a time there was a Miser who used to hide his gold at the foot of a tree in his garden; but every week he used to go and dig it up and gloat over his gains. A robber, who had noticed this, went and dug up the gold and decamped with it. 

When the Miser next came to gloat over his treasures, he found nothing but the empty hole. He tore his hair, and raised such an outcry that all the neighbours came around him, and he told them how he used to come and visit his gold. 

"Did you ever take any of it out?" asked one of them.

"Nay," said he, "I only came to look at it."

"Then come again and look at the hole," said a neighbour; "it will do you just as much good".  

The moral of the story is : "Unused wealth is a waste". 

In organizations, the leaders and managers are often very stingy with their appreciation.  They fear that a good word might give a swollen head to the team member . Also, the managers might be branded as lenient. 

This is one of the greatest folly which managers make. 

A nice word of appreciation, a smile of encouragement and a line of  gratitude to the deserving people make them shine and work even better. Motivation increases. Teaming , trust and ownership increases. 

So Leaders do not be miserly with your Gold - your appreciation. 

Else, one day you will see that all your good team member have left you and you are looking at a hole !

Spread Joy !

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