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It Is Not My Fault

George Bernard Shaw quote on taking responsibility

“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.”
– George Bernard Shaw

Today, we are progressively living in an ‘it is not my fault’ society. When someone is confronted  with wrong doing or not delivering on a promise, the response is the  inevitable ‘it is not my fault’. Shifting blame and not taking responsibility as become a chronic disease of our age.

We tend to blame others or our circumstances for our shortcomings and lack of drive. Life did not give us the lucky breaks that others got and that is why they are successful and we are not. But is it really life that is at fault? Consider the example of two people playing on the same piano. One plays it correctly and produces beautiful harmonious sounds while another plays it falsely and the same piano produces utter ugliness. In the same way, whether life produces discord or harmony, is up to the player.

But what about those things that happen to us over which we have no control? In life, things do happen over which we have no control, but we do have control over how we are going to respond to them. If you are standing by the edge of a swimming pool and somebody pushes you in the water, then of course it was not your fault that you ended up in the water. But only you are to blame if you stay in the water.

If you want a brighter future, start today by accepting responsibility for your future.

 

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The Importance of Showing Trust in Your Team of Leaders

The Importance of Showing Trust in Your Team of Leaders

Your team of leaders is made up out of individuals with unique traits and qualities. You should always remember that they made it onto your team for a reason. Trust that you have taught them well and rely on them to do a good job.

Related: Trust Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Do Not Micromanage

There is sometimes a thin line between assuring your team leaders do an excellent job and micromanaging them. You have to resist the temptation to check constantly in on them and offer your input randomly. Resist the temptation by trusting your leaders and their abilities. Allow your team leaders to seek accountability for their actions and own their responsibilities. Team leaders, usually, perform better when they feel in charge and do not feel as though you are breathing down their neck.

You can take the following steps to ensure that you do not have to micromanage your leaders:

  • Make your team leaders accountable
  • Hire the right people from the start
  • Clearly outline your expectations of your leaders

Communication

It is essential to promote open and honest communication among your team leaders. Allow everyone to give their input, be responsive to your leaders and support feedback from others. Open and honest communication builds respect among the team and helps build trust.

Tips for enhancing open and honest communication:

  • Have an open door policy
  • Ask questions frequently
  • Give everyone a chance to speak

Related: Leadership Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Encourage Initiative

Always look for an opportunity to reward and encourage initiative among your team leaders. Reward your team leaders when they take on more initiative. Rewards can include recognition, gifts or promotions.  A team leader that feels rewarded for their hard work are more likely to take pride in their work and continue doing a good job. Remember to recognize the initiative itself, and not just the outcome.

Trust the Leaders, but Verify the Work

You can’t always assume the job is done right. There are times when work needs to be verified or reviewed. This should not be done through micromanaging, but involves periodic steps of checking in or verifying the leader’s work.  Verifying can be done by asking the team leader to send you an email when they are finished with a certain task. You can also set yourself reminders to speak with the team leader in person to check on the progress. By taking a few minutes to look over any project periodically, you can save everyone a lot of time and man hours in the event that something needs to be corrected.

Image Source: Anita Nowack

 

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