Monday, April 20, 2009

i-TFTD #199

i-TFTD #199

#199-1. Tell me how you will measure me and I will tell you how I will behave.
-Eliyahu Goldratt

#199-2. The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do.
-John Holt

#199-3. Live as if everything you do will eventually be known.
-Hugh Prather

Any numerical measurement programme makes people automatically align to show up well in that system. Organizations struggle to achieve what their top management says is important because their actual reward and punishment schemes and actions are not in sync with the stated goals.

On the other hand, as individuals, we must strive to do what is right, regardless of whether it is being watched or whether we have been given explicit instructions to do or not do something. My personal experience is that this is tough. And it might not always lead to material success. But it does give a tremendous inner satisfaction that strengthens our character, our true self.

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