We can override their hearts to get a job done… and make oxen out of them...but if we want lions, motivated from the heart, we have to start with their values and their goals and help them make a connection with their own heart and the heart of the company."
- John Garfield
As I've spent the past few months working on developing my new hedge fund, I've found even more respect for the traditional W2 wage worker. That's because I am only good at so much. I really only specialize at my one thing. To be fair, I'm just not very good at anything else and I've learned, somewhat, that this is okay.
The thing that cautions me while starting a company and/or working for another is the alignment of values. Sure, I'm a goofball most of the time and maybe even a madman when things get tough. I struggle with my humanity and worry I may not be providing enough to my business partners and others that count on me. I guess I never really thought that those that work for me would feel the same way.
I admit that I have assumed that if my employees didn't own a part of my company, they wouldn't really care like I cared. They got their wage. They could show up, do the minimal work, and get paid. (Granted, some people did think that way)
I call this behavior "the path of least resistance." ...and I too am guilty of it.
"Faith looks at situations through God's eyes, not the eyes of our limited understanding."
- Os Hillman
What's the point of this rambling blog today?
Simply put, it's that I'm caught in a whirlwind of unpredictability and I'd love to have a few questions answered and a known path I'm proceeding down. I cannot believe I am called to build this thing, yet I have no real idea what it's evolving into (yet). So odd. So so odd.
BTW, please keep me in your prayers regarding a near future interview. I won't share the details at the moment, but it sounds like an amazing partnership opportunity and I could really use as much prayer as anyone feels they can spare for me. Clarity is the most important aspect of this next stage. Prayer brings clarity, at least for me, and each of yours is valued.
As always, blessings.