Issue No. 55 of Your Weekly Staff Meeting is about horses and delegation. Peter Drucker wrote, “People who don't take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.” So…go ahead and delegate more. The risk is low! And a reminder: delegate your reading and ask another team member to order, read and report on this week’s book or any of the last 54 books reviewed here.
The Daily Discipline
A character in this week’s short business novel says, “We stress the importance of purpose-aligned goals, purpose-aligned plans, and purpose-aligned decisions. When I say this out loud, it sounds obvious. But vision statements are famous for living in drawers. Our great purpose lies in daily discipline.”
How do you implement vision—how do you get it out of the drawer? You engage people by asking them, among other things, “What are you good at?”
That’s just one of many insights in this easy-to-read story of a Peter Principle sales guy turned national sales manager, now at wit’s end. Desperate for a quick consulting fix, he prevails on his former business prof/mentor and flies to Colorado. What he discovers at his prof’s amazing horse ranch is breakthrough stuff.
Click here to order Ten Thousand Horses: How Leaders Harness Raw Potential for Extraordinary Results. Co-authors John Stahl-Wert and Ken Jennings have the credentials and the creativity. You’ll love the book—and its unique niche in the “strengths” and “engagement” literature. Stahl-Wert is the president of the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation and speaks, writes and teaches on leadership. The book gets high marks from Ken Blanchard, Max DePree, Laurie Beth Jones, and Jim Brown.
Your Weekly Staff Meeting Questions:
#1. Some leaders are remarkable at harnessing raw potential (people) for extraordinary results. How do they do that?
#2. What would happen in our organization if every single person were highly, highly engaged—and leveraging their strengths every single day?
The Delegation Bucket: 7 Dysfunctional Diseases - Insights from the Management Buckets Workshop Experience
There are “7 Dysfunctional Diseases” in The Delegation Bucket. Check the numbers if you have any of the symptoms:
• 1. If the job is going to get done right, it’s faster to do the job myself.
• 2. I’m the only one that knows how to do this job—that’s why they hired me.
• 3. If I delegate too much, maybe I won’t be needed.
• 4. OK, I admit it. I’m a perfectionist. This project is too important to leave to novices.
• 5. I inherited my team—and, frankly, they’re ineffective—so it’s up to me.
• 6. I get more affirmation at work than I do at home. I love work!
• 7. My boss (or board) says I don’t delegate enough. Ha! If they only knew how hard I’m working. I’ll show ‘em.
Effective delegation is a life-long pursuit whether on the job, in your volunteer work in your community or your church, or even at home. Is it time to lead your team in a mini-refresher course on the core competencies of delegation?
Your Weekly Staff Meeting Questions:
#1. How long has it been since you read a book, listened to an audio presentation or attended a workshop on effective delegation?
#2. The root cause of ineffective delegation is often sin—but maybe you haven’t considered that. What sins might be behind an unwillingness to delegate your work more effectively?
If your team needs an off-site facilitator to brush up on The Delegation Bucket and the other 19 buckets, email me at John@JohnPearsonAssociates.com.
The Delegation Bucket is just one of 20 buckets we’ll explore at the next two-day Management Buckets Workshop Experience, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2007, in Orange County, Calif. The next Nonprofit Board Governance Workshop will be Nov. 2 (Orange County, Calif.). Registration forms are posted on my website.