Two gas company servicemen, a senior training supervisor and a young trainee, were out checking meters in a suburban neighborhood. They parked their truck at the end of the alley and worked their way to the other end. At the last house a woman looking out her kitchen window watched the two men as they checked her gas meter.
Finishing the meter check, the senior supervisor challenged his younger coworker to a foot race down the alley back to the truck to prove that an older guy could outrun a younger one.
As they came running up to the truck, they realized the lady from that last house was huffing and puffing right behind them. They stopped and asked her what was wrong.
Gasping for breath, she replied, “When I see two gas men running as hard as you two were, I figured I’d better run too!”
Clarity around our purpose at work and feeling a sense of connection to a worthy cause is essential for engagement to realize its fullest potential.
So as we “Run to get things done”… Let’s make sure we know and those around us know – what we are running for and why! And most importantly let’s make sure we are running after the right things for the right reasons! : )