This past week we discussed the quick tip of offering responsibility instead of passing it out like a morning tray of medication. Nobody likes to be told what to do. As a professional working with a team of other highly qualified professionals, you are far from working with toddlers, as we discussed on Monday.
And, believe it or not, the principles stay the same. You can have a team who bemoans responsibility or a team that craves a chance to prove themselves. This starts in the foundation of how responsibility is given. I know a parent who’s child has never tasted ice cream, but instead she puts mashed up bananas in an ice cream container and the child sees it as the biggest treat, and labels it ice cream. I’m not saying you need to disguise responsibility, but as you offer opportunities instead of assigning grunt work, you’ll find a team more willing to get the job done and look forward to the opportunity to do so. This principle will tie in closely to how we can share the vision of the “why” behind responsibility. But in the meantime, instead of passing off the hot potato of tasks, give opportunities for growth and learning, and do everything in your power to grow right along with them. It’s vital that your team sees, without you pointing it out, that you’re carrying your equal share.