Because I Said So, Mentoring Moments, the 1 min blog
Everyone knows the Nike slogan “Just Do It”. But when motivating a team, just do it is the same as “because I said so”.
When I was a child and heard, “Just do the dishes, because I said so” I only heard Charlie Brown’s teacher’s voice “Waa waaa waaa waaa.” Now if it was phrased, “Do the dishes because otherwise, bacteria will grow making you sick and you will only have a paper towel to eat on” I would have moved a lot faster to get the task done.
I wanted to know why I was doing something, so I could understand its value. Placing a value or a “why” on a task for a leader is critical for the team to function like a dream. Even God gave Adam a why when He commanded him to not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil in Genesis 2:16-17. Why? “for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” God valued Adam’s life.
When we explain why we do something and the value it brings, it helps our teams to view that task in a different light. So when dealing with a team remember… Just do it, just doesn’t cut it.
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