The Value of a Manager Who Insists on Hard Work

by Frank Roche on January 26, 2011

in Management

“Ah, it’s good exercise,” Sheryl said.

We got a bunch of snow today. And when you’re married to a modern day version of Laura Ingalls Wilder, you don’t pay people to do things you can do yourself.

‘We can do this,” she said. “We’re perfectly capable.”

I groused behind her back. And shoveled. You see, Sheryl can out-shovel all of us. She’s from Iowa.

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And since shoveling doesn’t take too much brain power, I thought about HR. And management.

There are all kinds of managers. You’re lucky when you get one who makes you do hard work rather than paying others to do it.

(I say that now that all the snow’s been shoveled.)

Any job a man can do to make his way in the world is a decent job as long as he works hard and does his best. God didn’t put sweat on a man’s body for no reason. He put it there so he could work hard, cleanse himself and feel proud. Hard workin’ folks only smell bad to some folks who have nothing better to do but stick their noses in the air. — Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie.

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