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Once again, I am astounded that something that has taken me years to realize has been summed up so concisely in a book. This is almost a follow up to my astonishment in Napolean Hill’s Keys To Success. On one hand, it’s almost a bit disappointing that such a unique discovery has already been made. On the other hand, it’s really fulfilling to see that some of the principles that I have derived from my experience reflects two of the most famous books (which I have now added to my “must read” reading list) ever published.

Pages 171-179 in Steven Covey’s 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People reflects exactly what I have experienced in Be A Good Manager By Letting People Learn And Grow. In it, I had concluded that to manage effectively, the manager really needed to allow his people to learn and grow as individuals so that they can better take on the challenges of the organization.

Page 178-179 sums it up concisely:

“Trust is the highest form of human motivation. It brings out the very best in people. But it takes time and patience, and it doesn’t preclude the necessity to train and develop people so that their competency can rise to the level of that trust.

Certainly you can pick up that room better than a child, but the key is that you want to empower the child to do it. It takes time. You have to get involved in the training and development. It takes time, but how valuable that time is downstream! It saves you so much in the long run.

This approach involves an entirely new paradigm of delegation. In effect, it changes the nature of the relationship: The steward becomes his own boss, governed by a conscience that contains the commitment to agreed upon desired results. But it also releases his creative energies toward doing whatever is necessary in harmony with correct principles to achieve those desired results.

Effective delegation is perhaps the best indicator of effective management simply because it is so basic to both personal and organizational growth”.

There you have it, the essence of my article is here.

Although, interestingly enough, the manager in that article actually had very good long term vision for the development of the product. Things were structured in such a way that it was easy to adapt and grow.

Unfortunately, most schools don’t teach us how to make people adapt and grow as well.

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