Saturday, November 1, 2014

Quote-A-Day: Day 306

We have to provide + with choice. But never so much choice that they can't make one.

Providing choice is an important part of leading.  We need to give those we serve the opportunity to engage with ideas and actions that interest them, and have to provide them with the tools they need to make those choices.

There are two main challenges when it comes to "choice."

The first is making sure that we provide choice in the first place.

We may be embarking on a mission that interests some, but not all.  In a case like this, we have to provide opportunities for all stakeholders to get involved in a way that will benefit them most and spark their interest.  Even the most intriguing initiatives aren't intriguing to everyone.  And, even the most "dull" initiatives will spark the excitement of some.  By making sure that there are multiple methods for stakeholders to engage, we can bring even the most disengaged initially, into the fold.

Second, we need to make sure that we provide learners with an ample number of options, without providing so much choice that they can't actually make one.

Choice is only good when people have the tools to make one.  And, if we provide too many options, then we're effectively taking tools away from those who need them.

The best leaders understand that choice is a necessity.  They also understand that if all you give is choice and no direction, you won't be any better off than if you gave none at all.

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