Succeed by making yourself redundant

“You might not have a job when you come back from your holiday”

As a mother weans her child or an eagle kicks her chicks out of the nest, it’s nature’s way of sustainability.

There’s nothing more pathetic than seeing a young person failing to launch into a life of responsibility. Equally there’s nothing more pathetic than seeing an adult enable others into a dependency addiction through their own selfishness and immaturity.

I heard an interesting comment at a construction site meeting as the leading Forman says he’s going on a three week holiday. The construction boss jokingly says “You might not have a job when you get back” which launched an interesting riddle.

The construction boss (Gerry Hanssen) goes on “If you’re doing a good job of leading, they won’t need you while you’re gone, if they don’t need you, then you don’t have a job” then Gerry goes on “But there is always something else to do”

Knowing how minds tick, especially in those that aren’t interested in self development, such a comment would make them feel insecure. Most people would tremble at the thought of being made redundant and it’s often because they become dependent on a job, person or a position they’ve managed to secure. Rather than keep growing to become fully independent, they become preoccupied in maintaining their status quo.

As someone who is never satisfied in clocking the hours at work for the sake of a payday; I find it’s the dependant people in leadership roles that are often the bottlenecks of an enterprise’s on going sustainability.

I believe if you’re not growing you are going and if you’re growing, you outgrow your current status, this is true of any living thing, be it a marriage, friendship, church or business. ~ Change is inevitable

Time to bring in the big guns when stagnation sets in

There is nothing more toxic than dependent people being the gatekeepers of human potential.

Wether you call them mentors, change agents, disrupters or trouble makers, these are the God sent people that upset the status quo. Without these unique individuals, complacency and cancer will set in any worthwhile venture and unfortunately death is eminent if things don’t change.

The challenge of the true mentor is to etch into a young person the possibilities of life. Teach them from the beginning of their training that freedom is the goal. The only way to become free is to be truly independent by developing life skills that you can take anywhere.

The two pronged approach to sustainability.

1. Get them while they are young. The younger you teach them the easier it gets.

I’ll often tell a young person that I’m mentoring, “My aim is to make you redundant, to outgrow your current role and become a leader that can make it anywhere. For example, if I succeed in teaching you, I should be able to place you into a village in the middle of the jungle and when I visit you years later, you’d either be chief or an elder of the village”

When I share these types of analogies with young people, they see their job differently, they see there current position as a training ground that helps to launch them into their life dreams.

2. The first ninety days matters when the outsider or change agent enters the establishment.

Be warned, you will be seen as the enemy as you step into other people’s territories to bring change. It’s never been a welcoming environment.

The first ninety days to the inexperienced leader can destroy potential healthy influence. They are either too controlling or too friendly.

When dealing with the establishment, the change agent must have the objective of coming in, finding the right people to influence and engage those that are stuck in their ways. Set a clear path where you are going and do it for the next ninety days.

Then and only then look to make yourself redundant as you are replaced by a person that can continue the trajectory that you’ve initiated.

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