Tao Te Ching Chapter 3

不尚賢,使民不爭;不貴難得之貨,使民不為盜;不見可欲,使民心不亂。是以聖人之治,虛其心,實其腹,弱其志,強其骨。常使民無知無欲。使夫智者不敢為也。為無為,則無不治。

Not praising the deserving/Prevents envy./Not valuing wealth/Prevents theft.
Not displaying what’s desirable/Prevents confusion of the senses.                     Therefore: sage governs by emptying senses and filling bellies,
Curbing strife and strengthening backs,
Keeping the people ignorant and without desire,
Making the learned afraid to act.
If he acts without action, order will prevail.

The takeaway for leaders is if you want to see diligent and able employee, provide them the proper environment which induces the behavior that you wish to see. To create such an environment, leaders must start with themselves to make clear (1) what outcome they wish to accomplish; (2) how to create the environment needed; (3) be patient – it takes time for the rule of games to sink in and take effect.

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