Be all you were created to be – Decisiveness

March 26, 2016 (Riyadh) –

Being decisive is a key to fulfillment. There are just too many things to do and too little time to do them all. One must decide what is “best” from the sea of “good” and “better”. Below is an application of being decisive when it comes to the task of developing employees. This is a spin off from a 2010 blog.

How to develop a person in any skill area is well documented. The question is not “how” mechanically but “how” within the existing morass of things to do. The requirements of understanding 2your job takes more time than most of us have to give in the first place and then to add development of others on top of that can become quite overwhelming.  I see a lot of managers “delegating” the development to a concept: “if you are any good you will figure it out on your own, after all that is what I had to do.”

clockWhere does a person get the skills and time to consistently apply development to others in order to create a better than average organization?

  1. I believe it is a matter of the will and determination. You will be overcome by the day to day activities of the job. Guaranteed there is more to do than you have time to do it. Full stop. You must decide that you are going to do development activities.
  2. This decision will require good delegation and follow up. This will also mean that there is the possibility that some things might not get done as well as if you did them delegationyourself. You cannot live with that in all areas but it is amazing how many areas when done “good enough” still allow for better than average overall results.
  3. This decision will require you knowing the critical actions of the job. This year I have been having a lot of conversation about employee development. As a leader I see everything in terms of how things add to or detract from employee development.
  4. The decision will require focus and continuity. This must be a “way of life” not just a “one off” announcement.

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