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02/11/2011

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Great post Ann.

I look at this as the underlying reason why most people hate Calculus and why people take a pain killer rather than dealing with the cause of the pain. Instant gratification feel good.

It is hard to work for hours on a problem without a clear picture of the solution. Sometimes I will ask people to create an abstract outline of the solution and let the process fill in the details and colors.

This can make it easier to feel progress and not just jump to the conclusion. You can "see" that your picture is not yet filled in, even if you "feel" you have found an answer.

Thought I'd also throw this in...

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax.
~ Abraham Lincoln (born Feb 11, 2010 in 1809)

Dan:

Great process suggestion, to allow people to feel the outline of the solution while holding them to the process that will fill in the picture over time and through diligent work.

Love the Lincoln quote - very apropos!

That's actually a great way to aproach compensation schemas: start by asking the right question. I did the same at a smaller scale with my employees, asking them what motivates them.
Interesting answers I've got - check on my site.
http://projectmanager1.blogspot.com/2011/02/motivation-reward-compensation.html

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