Get ‘Er Done

If the objective is to get the work done the way you do it, then of course it is faster and easier for you to do it.

But if the objective is to have someone else do it, then your time is best invested in teaching, mentoring, praising and letting go. This is an important mind shift in how you work with other people (including your kids).

  1. Be very clear about the outcome rather than the process.
  2. Show the process – that means you have to understand what and how you do it.
  3. Mistakes will happen, be prepared. By prepared, I mean ready to stay out of the way and let it happen (assuming it won’t cost more than you can pay and recognizing that it’s part of the cost of training). Discuss the situation and help them come to a solution. I know, it’s really hard to see someone else fumble. Leave the building, tie yourself to your chair or put on earphones if you must, This is the hardest part and the most important. This is where you reveal your culture and your mettle as a leader.
  4. Success will happen, be prepared and act accordingly as in, lavish praise.
  5. Let it go. They may not do it the way you do. In fact, they may do it better, but they will do it in a way that plays to their strengths and interests.

If your staff or your kids aren’t living up to your expectations, it is, as one kind friend pointed out to me, “a training issue.”  When you see a team working like clockwork, you can be sure the leader followed these steps.

What will you do right now? Today?

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