When we cheat, we choose to give up one thing in hopes of gaining something else of greater value. – Andy Stanley
To ensure that our team understands that Southwest Michigan First supports, no, requires, that their commitment to their families is their top priority, we developed a strategy of ‘Choosing to Cheat.’ We borrowed the name from Andy Stanley, the great leadership writer and faith-based leader.
This isn’t about moral cheating or financial cheating. This is about choosing your priorities. In ‘Choosing to Cheat,’ the idea is you that you never have permission to cheat your family. If your child has a volleyball game at 3:30 in the afternoon, go. If you have a sick child, stay home. If you come to work, you will not be focused anyway knowing there is something else that should have your full attention. Take care of the things and the people that really matter. If you are going to cheat anyone, cheat me, cheat work.
We might be able to send another team member to your business meeting, but we can’t send someone else to your child’s track meet.
How does this work? Because our organizational responsibilities, expectations and goals are crystal clear, we don’t have to be in the office from 8 to 5 to get the work done. Because our team members are so highly engaged in our mission, I know that they often work late into the nights or on weekends. I want to make sure they clearly understand that one of our organizational values is that family comes first. ‘Choosing to Cheat’ is one way we do that.
Question: What wellness strategies are working for your organization? Could Choosing to Cheat work for you and your team?