. . .inspiring workers with values and missions worthy of their commitment.
Creativity, helpfulness, and hope can't be commanded; they can only be inspired in people.Another comment on the book that rung true with me is "morality fades with distance."
It seems to me that especially when things aren't going well, i.e., these challenging financial times, our true values become apparent. When the bottom line is served to the detriment of those who helped an organization achieve success, hope leaves the room. When a company is running so lean that those who make the whole thing hum are constantly stressed and joyless, any company success is unsustainable.
I am truly thankful for some time between jobs to learn new things and ramp up my creativity. I'm also thankful that the "occupy" folks have started us off on an important conversation and re-evaluation of what is truly important. Let's make that conversation fruitful.