Self Management = efficiency and Success? LO28576

From: Jan Lelie (
Date: 05/21/02

Replying to LO28563 --

Hello Alan, dear readers of all sorts,

We have it in Dutch also, with half an egg, and "better one bird in the
hand, than 10 in the sky". Motivation is not a problem of motivating; most
people start out motivated and become demotivated by managers who assume
that it is safer to aim for half a loaf (half an egg) than to miss the
whole egg. In doing so, they loose the world and gain .. half an egg. It
is allright with me, but do not start to complain that you have only half
an egg (loaf), or that we should work harder to get a larger "half loaf"
or that it simply is not possible to motivate people for a whole bread or
the world.

Kind regards,


Alan Cotterell wrote:

> There is an old saying (Jewish, I think) - 'half a loaf is better than
> none'. I suggest that since at least Roman times we have lived with this
> authoritarian paradigm. Employers who stay with it are, in my opinion,
> satisfied with 'half a loaf', purely to sustain their comfort zone.


With kind regards - met vriendelijke groeten,

Jan Lelie

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