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An experiment was conducted in which some mice were put into a bowl of water and left to swim until they drowned. The amount of time they swam was measured. Then a second group of mice was put into the water, and just before they were about to drown, they were rescued, revived and then put back into the water. Five times. The last time, they were left to swim until they drowned, and the time of their last swim was measured.

The second group swam four times longer in their final swim before they drowned. Despite their exhaustion from being revived and thrown back five times, they still outswam the first group by 400%.

From this, we learn that, if there is sufficient hope and faith in the fact that people will succeed in something, they will persevere much longer before they quit. They will hold on, expecting a b breakthrough / rescue at any time.

If salt water is used to make cement or salt is introduced to wet cement, the cement is weakened and can collapse. Like the collapse of the cement mall roof in the US, for example.

From this, we learn that allowing bad people (salt) into our sales team, our employee group, our church, club, or circle of friends, we are creating weak links, accepting bad apples. We are poisoning the water. We can expect sabotage, traitors, spies, the undermining of our authority, the creation of destructive cliques, and theft.

As business owners, then, let us diligently apply ourselves to continuing communication, mentoring, discipleship, encouragement, and good management and delegation regarding our employees. Let’s share our experience and teach patience, persistence, focus, and self discipline. Then, like the second group of mice, our people will hang in there until they succeed and learn valuable lessons along the way.

And let us be selective and careful when recruiting new people and managing the ones we have. People change; those who were good can sometimes turn bad – this is the real world. Let’s encourage peer reviews and put systems in place to expose the salt in the cement so that we can remove it before the damage is done.

Robin Elliott      LeverageAdvantage.com                  RecruitingBreakthrough.com