Today we look at one of my all-time favorite truths, shared with me by my former superintendent, incredible mentor, and dear friend Dr. Jan Osborn.
M=V/E or motivation equals value divided by effort.
How does this apply to leverage?
We’ve already learned the following:
Do you see the pattern? By decreasing effort, the other three principles of leverage act to increase motivation! But it gets even better.
Addressing issues by moving from point A to point B with an MVP allows us to improve situations immediately. Immediate improvement results in increased value.
Knowing that my effort will result in immediate improvement makes the work more valuable. Too many times we expect people to invest lots of time and energy for a big payoff at the end, but most people want (and deserve) to see improvement immediately. This is the power of leverage!
Strategic leaders use the principles of leverage to make immediate incremental improvements. This results in increased motivation and a constant cycle of small gains, leading to significant long-term growth of the organization!
One more thing…. By developing a track record of solving problems and providing maximum value with minimal effort, a leader builds a savings account of trust. In the face of something that requires great effort without immediate reward, people will trust the leader. They will trust that the value is worth the effort, meaning that they are willing to work hard for something in the future.
Do good and be well,
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