In our trainings around the world, we often find that the more aware one is of the firm's overarching mission, the more personally invested they are in their job.
While walking down the street, a man saw three bricklayers working. He approached the first bricklayer and asked, "What are you doing?" The first bricklayer replied, "I am laying bricks."
The man then walked up to the second bricklayer and asked, "What are you doing?" The second bricklayer said, "I am building a wall."
The man came to the third bricklayer and asked, "What are you doing?" The third bricklayer responded, "I am helping to build the most beautiful cathedral on Earth. People will visit from around the world to appreciate its beauty."
The argument could be made that the third bricklayer was probably more engaged in his work, enjoyed it more, performed it better, was more respected by his co-workers, had less absenteeism and on-the-job accidents - possibly even earned a higher salary - all because he saw the big picture.
We often observe a change in perspective reflected on the faces of attendees at our workshops, as they come to understand what their company's financial statements are telling them about their role in the organization, and how they personally impact overall success.
Accounting literacy is the common language shared by those who see the big picture.
Best regards, Peter