Friday, March 31, 2006
Someone has to give
Listening to a recording of Nicky Gumbel talking the other day we heard a wonderful story about a prisoner who had found Christianity in prison and was asking for various reading materials to help his mother at home to consider Christianity.
Nicky read out a letter that a senior person in the Alpha Organisation had written saying, if there is no money in the budget 'then just send the bill to me.'
As Nicky said - for anything to happen in life 'Someone has to give.'
Whether that be in 'money' or in 'time' - 'Someone has to give.'
I like that!!
It got me thinking about how often in my healthcare career I saw passion and enthusiasm of staff stifled or even completely crushed, simply because the system says 'Sorry pal - there is no money for that.'
What a let down! What a terrible thing to say to someone.
How refreshing if managers could just say – ‘To hell with the cost, we are going to do that because this member of our staff is so passionate with the idea that she will probably make it work!’
Then I realise I am just dreaming about some ‘promised land’ that I am always accused of seeing through my well known rose tinted glasses.
Let's put the record straight immediately - I am not saying – ‘ignore budgets and money’ - I am not silly.
I am saying – how wonderful and liberating it would be to hear managers saying – ‘I don’t care what the policy says - we are going to encourage this person.’
Is it really that radical?
I am not suggesting anarchy - just a little common sense please about how to motivate staff.
Someone has to give - Is this asking too much?
Posted by Trevor Gay at 2:30 pm