In a small Tennessee town is a road with several signs that read “In honor of ______ veterans.” Each sign designates a different branch of the US Armed Services. The implication is that from one sign to the next, the roadway past the sign is dedicated in honor of veterans who served in that particular branch of the service. The idea is commendable, honorable even – if the road conditions matched the perceived honor the signs intended to convey. Instead, the road is bumpy, part of it follows a sharp curve, trees are low hanging over the roadway, and the aesthetic of the road and surrounding area leaves something less than honorable in the minds of those driving by.
Social media provides plenty of fodder for blogger intros and pastoral sermon illustrations. I was reading someone’s posts a while ago in response to a police officer who froze up on the job. The writer commented that if they were faced with that situation, their response would be too quick and decisive to give them the chance to freeze up. Sometime later, that person was faced with a real-life situation where they did exactly what most people without training for such situations do – they ducked for cover and stayed hidden until the danger was gone.
Trust, as they say, is one of those things that takes a long time to get and an instant to lose. Are you worried about the level of trust your people have in you? Guess what? It’s your responsibility to create a culture where you are trusted to lead and you trust your staff to accomplish the mission of the organization.
Sometimes the only way to make sure it gets done right is to do it yourself. You have probably said that or even still believe it. You don’t pass off tasks to others because you need it done right the first time. But without properly delegating tasks, you’ll never succeed in business or in life for that matter.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve read something on the internet, especially on social media, and your emotions wanted so much to believe it, you took it at face value later to find out it was false.