In 1803, James Monroe was dispatched to gain access to a port in Louisiana for the United States. Sent to France as an Extraordinary Envoy, he instead purchased the whole of Louisiana for $15 million (twice the federal budget that year), doubling the country’s size and making Western expansion possible. Trusting people to do a job well can work wonders.
While in York, I finished Dan Pink’s primer on motivation, Drive, deflated. The key to motivation, he argues, is to ‘get money off the table’ by paying people well, then focus