Responsibility. By: Tracy L. Chenoweth. Opening Question. When you think of the word responsibility what kinds of things come to mind? Let’s collectively make a listing of our ideas on responsibility. Things that come to mind. Defining Responsibility. NOUN: pl. re·spon·si·bil·i·ties
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By: Tracy L. Chenoweth
3. Ask yourself to “let go” of what’s not working.Soon the so-called “problem” of the moment will quickly melt into a vast stew of “little stuff” – and yes, it’s all little stuff! Ask yourself “Of what could I begin to let go?” or “Could I release part of my need to change this situation and accept ______?” You know what’s been getting in your way.
4. Assess your options. Now that you’ve separated your intention from the over-push (steps 2 & 3, above), take a calm and careful look at what you’ll do to honor your intention.
Worker responsibility is inefficient in the short term, but is efficient in the long term.
Treat a person like an engineer, through self-fulfilling prophecy he will think and act like an engineer.
Getting the job done has priority.
Workplace adapts to change, becoming a leader of changing technology.
Following orders without input is efficient in the short term, but is inefficient, if not costly, in the long term.
Treat a person like a helper, through self-fulfilling prophecy he will think and act like a helper.
Command-and-control leadership has priority.
The workplace adapts to the status quo, becoming a follower of changing technology, when competitors forced them to.
There is opportunity for innovation. People by nature search for ways to make their job easier – with responsibility, they have authority to take action.
Leadership can discover and promote employees that have demonstrated natural talent for a given skill.
Responsibility reduces the need for mid-level leadership.
Responsibility attracts people who seek to be on the leading edge of technology.
People following orders do not have authority to take action to make their job easier. They have learned not to have an opinion or make their opinion known. They accept the status quo and will fight change.
Where employees only follow orders, natural talent is not recognized or discovered.
Control increases the need for mid-level leadership.
Control attracts people who reject change, they accept their current status.
Both men appear to be doing the same amount of work. One is working smart - searching for a better way. The other only follow orders - waiting for the whistle to blow. Which one is which?