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Tis the Season

December 19, 2013

As we fly through this Christmas season, give your teams the gift that will mean the most to them – empowerment.  The cost to you – nothing.  What do you get in return?  Speed, productivity, increased commitment and an overall happier team.

But you say your team is not able to self-organize?  Teach them.  Guide them.  If they are willing, lead them by showing why their particular strengths and skills are needed.  Show them why their contribution is important.  Show you are confident that they can self-organize and be successful.

You say it’s easier just to tell them what to do?  Do you really want them to bring every little problem to you for resolution?  (If so, I suggest you and your ego spend some quiet time in self-examination as to why you like that.)

Why would you want to take away from your team the opportunity of becoming the professionals that they truly are?  (Note to HR:  They are professional people, not “resources”.)  Give your team the opportunity.  Give them the freedom to grow.  Give them an assist, not the whip.

And in this way, give yourself the gift of developing into a true servant leader.  After all, this is the season of giving.Image

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