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A few months ago, I asked a simple question – have you ever quit a job? The responses came in fast and furious – but what was more interesting were the reasons why people quit their jobs – and how many of them would have stayed if given the chance. In the pilot study, one of the key statistics that stuck out was….
92% of people said they quit because of management.
Imagine you live in Maine. You see a headline on your phone that reads: “Bear
sighted in backyard.” You click on the story and you see the bear sighting happened
at a home in Alaska. Are you going to read the story?
Now imagine that you click on the same headline and see that the bear was sighted
in your next-door neighbor’s yard. Will you read more?
Chances are you’ll focus on the story when it more directly impacts you. That’s
because we’re more apt to pay attention when we feel involved and when we think
Uttering those words to a groggy teenage boy who was just waking up, you climb into your car and drive to the office. Arriving home that night, you are disappointed to see amber waves of grain flowing back and forth in the wind, a sure sign that your instructions were not carried out. Seeking out your child, you are barraged with a long list of excuses, followed by a promise: "I'll get to it tomorrow, Dad."