Key Principle of a Leader #30: Overpaid workers are as ineffective as underpaid

The thing about work is that it’s important to dedicate yourself to the activity and the goal and under no circumstance to just earning money. When we’re working, we shouldn’t be distracted by an empty stomach (“I have to find something better-paying”), or extra pounds (“Why am I slaving away, I’ve got enough money as it is”).

If an employee can be motivated only with a raise, the manager should think about what the person’s actual motives for performing his or her duties are.

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Peeter Tohver

Every thought in Peeter’s head is backed up by practical experience. He has managed teams and companies all over Estonia as well as in Russia and elsewhere in Eastern Europe, both on long-term contracts and drafted in to resolve specific issues. His name has been attached to Tallinna Kaubamaja, Falck, G4S, the Transport Department of the City of Moscow, Talleks and more. In his work he is every inch the rock-steady manager and inspiring leader.