You don’t have to choose.
Some have been fooled, tricked into thinking there’s a choice: Do you develop your employees – or do you just get the job done?
“Sure we need to develop employees, but I’ve got a job to do,” he said. “So it isn’t going to happen on my watch.”
You don’t have to choose. You can’t choose, if you want to succeed. You must do both.
The irony is those who think they have to choose between productivity and employee development are already doing both.
What’s more painful: Most people want to serve, they want to mentor, teach and make a difference. When we submit ourselves to the belief that these values can’t be lived because we just have to get a job done, something dies – the part of us we need to thrive.
In your next meeting, ask questions like these:
– What are we learning in this effort that will be key to long-term success?
– How are we different, and better, than we were at this time last year?
– How will our current challenges fuel the development we need to realize our potential?
Ask yourself – when people are with you, do they become better?