Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Because . . .

Have you ever tried to figure out why your group, department, whatever is tasked with doing something and been told, “You have more people”?

Huh? What does that have to do with the price of tea in China, or anywhere else for that matter? Sure, there are cases where this may play out, but it should not become one of those “it’s the way we’ve always done it” type answers.

Example: One area has one staff member and another has two. You have a task that fully affects both areas but it’s given exclusively to the area that has two staff members because, “you have more people”.

Now, a good leader is going to think this through. Each one of these people has a job to do, projects to work on, goals to meet. Just because there are two people doesn’t necessarily mean they have more time to devote to this other task or any other.

The point is; catch-all reasons don’t create teamwork. They don’t create motivation. They don’t create production. Each task and assignment is an individual task and assignment in itself, and must be treated as such.

Take a look at some of those catch-all phrases that you’re using . . . write them down, study them, remember them . . . now burn them. Be admired and remembered as a great leader, not disliked and remembered as a run of the mill manager.

No comments: