|No rules at first, lots of rules later!|
It is a Sunday night. I am sitting in a parenting class at church. Suddenly, I understand what I had been doing wrong leading my people!
The instructor in the class was talking about raising well adjusted kids. He said most parents take their baby home from the hospital. They love this child. They want all positive interactions with their kids. They don't want to use that ugly word "No"!
So the parents "kid-proof" the house by locking down all the cabinets, taking anything nice off the tables, and letting the house be the playpen. They let the kid sleep when they want, eat when they want. Basically they try to avoid rules, allowing lots of freedom and creativity to nurture the child.
Inevitably, rules will be put in place. School. So the funnel begins to tighten. Then someday this child enters the workforce and more rules. And at some point, the boss actually says NO!
In this class, they were recommending something quite contrary! They wanted the funnel closed from the beginning. The parent feeds the kid when the parent wants. The parent has the kid sleep when the parent wants the kid to sleep.
The kid receives a lot of "no's" while it starts to explore the house. You cannot touch that. You cannot play in there.
There are lots of rules at home.
|Lots of rules at first, fewer later!|
Then when the kid goes to school, the rules actually relax (because a teacher cannot keep the same rules that you have for 25 students in class). And over time, rules relax more and more because the kid knows following the rules is best!
BLEW ME AWAY!!!
I would let employees join the company. I would give them general guidelines on performance. But generally I would let them get used to the environment, use their own creativity. Then at some point, I would initiate rules.
It was a failure.
At that class I realized that new employees had to be treated like new kids. They had to be given lots of structure. They had to follow tight rules. Anything outside the rules was punished. Please NEVER show up late to work, that will be your LAST day!
Then after the employee has begun to see the reason for the structure, they would have gained a lot of knowledge about the company and the industry. At some point, they would have enough experience to begin using their own judgement.
The rules will start to disappear for the better people. Funny though, they will follow the rules anyway because for the most part, the rules in place actually helped them be more successful.
But I would give these people a lot more freedom. The funnel loosens over time!
It is so obvious! But I am a little slow!
Then you read Steve Jobs book and you hear about him ruling the roost at home. I would still follow this advice!