Taking responsibility for our learning is a huge step for everyone. What is difficult, as Stephen Covey pointed out in the last post: “But I knew what was hard – self-management, self-supervision.” Often times it is also giving ourselves permission. Permission to try something new without fear of failure or ridicule. Certainly as parents, teachers, and coaches, it is an important part of education of our children.
Below is the continuation of the Green and Clean story.
(From The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey)
Trust is the highest form of human motivation. It brings out the very best in people. But it takes time and patience, and it doesn’t preclude the necessity to train and develop people so that their competency can rise to the level of trust.
I am convinced that if stewardship delegation is done correctly, both parties will benefit and ultimately much more work will get done in much less time. I believe that a family that is well organized, whose time has been spent effectively delegating on a one-to-one basis, can organize the work so that everyone can do everything in about an hour a day. But that takes the internal capacity to want to manage, not just to produce. The focus is effectiveness, not efficiency.
Certainly you can pick up that room better than a child, but the key is that you want to empower the child to do it. It takes time, but how valuable is that time downstream! It saves you so much in the long run.
This approach involves a whole new paradigm of delegation. In effect, it changes the nature of the relationship: The steward becomes his own boss, governed by a conscience that contains the commitment to agreed upon desired results. But also releases his creative energies toward doing whatever is necessary in harmony with correct principles to achieve those desired results.
The principles involved in stewardship delegation are correct and applicable to any kind of person or situation. With immature people, you specify fewer desired results and more guidelines identify more resources, conduct immediate consequences. With more mature people, you have more challenging desired results fewer guidelines, less frequent accountability, and less measurable but more discernable criteria.
Effective delegation is perhaps the best indicator of effective management simply because it is so basic to both personal and organizational growth.
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