Sunday, June 14, 2009

Are You Adding Too Much Value?

How could it be possible to add too much value?

Marshall Goldsmith provided a compelling answer in his December, 2007 Fast Company article, Adding Value -- but at What Cost?. Mr, Goldsmith, a noted executive leadership coach, examines a shadow aspect of adding value:

"The problem is, while they may have improved the idea by 5%, they've reduced the employee's commitment to executing it by 30%, because they've taken away that person's ownership of the idea."

Sometimes more really is less. For all who are focused on federal employee development, engagement, and retention, that's good information. Interestingly, I encountered it again today on Rajesh Setty's value-added blog, Life Beyond Code." By the way, Goldsmith published additional food for thought in his book, What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful!.

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By the way, two October 2008 posts feature federal and nonprofit leaders who embody Goldsmith's advice - have a look! Here's to your health and happiness as we approach the longest day of the year.

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