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Joy Wilson

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Great Expectations


A tortoise family went on a picnic. The tortoises, being naturally slow it
took seven years to prepare for their outings. Finally the tortoise family left home looking for a suitable place.

During the second year of their journey they found it. For about six
months, they cleaned up the area, unpacked the picnic basket and then they discovered they had forgotten the salt.

They all agreed that a picnic without salt would be a disaster, so, after a lengthy discussion, the youngest tortoise was chosen to retrieve the salt from home.

Although he knew he was the fastest of the slow moving tortoises, the little tortoise suspected that his greedy brother would eat the Dandelion and Chickweed sandwiches before he returned, so, he agreed to go on one condition: that no one would eat anything from the picnic until he returned.

The family consented and the little tortoise left.

Three years passed and the little tortoise had not returned. Five years...six years...then in the seventh year of his absence, the elder brother tortoise could no longer contain his hunger. He announced that he was going to eat and began to unwrap a sandwich.

At that point the little tortoise suddenly popped out from behind a tree shouting, SEE I knew you wouldn't wait. Now I am not going to go get the salt!

The performance you get from people is no more or less than what you expect

It is a scientific fact that people perform, to a large degree, according to the expectations others have for them.  If a manager believes his or her subordinates are incompetent or irresponsible, the chances are that the employees will act that way.  Conversely, if a manager treats employees with trust and as competent and responsible, the employees will generally live up to those expectations. BUT BEWARE>>>>>>>

Some of us waste our time waiting for people to live up to our expectations. We are so concerned about what others are doing that we don't do anything ourselves.

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