I just love the use of real life stories to get complex things over in simple ways
Last Monday I facilitated a team building event for 10 fairly senior managers and we got on the subject of risk taking and trusting your staff.
One of the managers related a lovely story about his 6 year old son from the evening before.
Apparently, Dad (the Senior Manager) had been decorating Son’s bedroom for the weekend and Son asked Dad on the Sunday evening whether he could take a door handle off his bedroom door ready for Dad to paint.
Dad was relaxing and watching TV and said
“Not really son – you won’t be able to do that. I will do it for you and you can watch”.
Son insisted he would like to ‘have a go’ and after another brief discussion Dad gave the go ahead for Son to take the door handle off.
Dad waited, expecting Son to come down the stairs asking for help and sure enough Son comes into the lounge after a few minutes ..... Complete with door handle, screws and Dad's screwdriver. The handle had been perfectly removed with no damage to the door.
The best lessons in leadership and management are staring us in the face all the time – we do not have to read theoretical books on the subject.
TRUST THE FRONT LINE STAFF – THEY KNOW HOW TO DO THINGS!