Does Your Company Employ a Loyalty Tax?

Imagine a kind of a tax employers could levy against their employees as a means to meet their annual revenue goals and shareholder expectations.

The tax would range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars each month. No one would be able to research or understand how the rules were determined, but employees most loyal to their companies would invariably pay the highest rates.

If this system sounds absurd to you, take a look at your annual salary relative to the average salary for your position in your market--you typically don't have to look far for a decent salary guide.  If you're a manager,  do this for each person on your team. 

If there's a difference, you just found a loyalty tax. If you're an employee, enjoy your newfound leverage.  If you're a manager,  you might want to try to get rid of that tax if you like your team.  

Learning and Originality

Learning has a tremendous flywheel effect. 

Ten years ago, I read the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. More recently, I've become a fan of Gallup's work with Strengthsfinder 2.0  and the Good to Great series.

Both bodies of work attempt to explain how to achieve amazing results whether you call it greatness or effectiveness.

And while you could no doubt benefit from each of these resources, why not use both? Why not mix and match to create your own take on greatness? Or effectiveness? Or the superlative of your choice?

The next time you're searching for a great idea, consider that your answer may lie in combining a bunch of unoriginal thoughts to achieve originality.