Who remembers the second person who died in the battle of Little Big Horn (for that part who was the first). No disrespect but my point is (don't be so stupid that you run blindly into an ambush of an Indian Nation. Uuh maybe...) that sometimes what we believe in can put us in positions where it will give others an edge to manipulate. Sometimes the person who is telling you to work hard is just wasting time until they find a way to get an edge. In essence they may be using your sense of commitment and honor against you. They know that you're just stubborn enough that you will keep working until you either quit or find an answer that the person who delegated the task had no chance of finding. The person who delegated this task may see this as Win Win genius, others may see it as disengenious (I for one).
In today's business climate noone needs to be trying to learn on the job. Especially in small business. The small businessman doesn't have the room to train a newbie or the patience to retrain an old know it all. So who do you keep? The puppy or the old dog. The one you keep is the one that's most commited to your strategy and you're values. that's easy. Usually that will be the young puppy. Why because the young puppy is open to new values and experiences. Usually that old dog, who might work better, is slower and stuck in they're own value system. They may also need more money because of their adult obligation and those obligations will be the determining factor in their needs system. There's nothing wrong with their values but business is not an enviorment where the values experiment should ever be in the conversation. The only values that matter in business is the value that your product bring to your current customer solution (that will make them keep coming back) and your new customers solution (that will make them stay).
When you as a business person get into trying to change the world, as a business you run the possibility who straying on course of your real focus, and that is to make money for you and the tools you need to stay in business (not just you and your past bills).
You will need pros and pros want their money. If you are fortunate enough to get the pro bono services of a pro then make sure that you tactically know what you want them to do. Don't waste their time or good faith in research or developement and look at it as a favor. Not cool. If you want to maintain your value as a leader, then be strong enough to lead or smart enough to follow. Never take pros and use them as a research stem to your organizational research. It's insulting to a person who values their value and time. It also signals other professionals that you're either don't know what you're doing or you don't mind wasting others time. Neither is good. Because if you do this, unconcsiouslly you might be trying to impose your values and will upon someone else. By doing this you run the risk of not only lowering your associates value but also your own.
I'm ReggieRedd and thats TheBottomline