Byron's Babbles

“Go Ask Your Mother”

screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-5-52-13-amI have a coworker who will occasionally comment after working with staff members that she just wants them to go ask their mothers. Usually I chuckle at this comment, but after reading Lesson #18 titled “The No-Brain Stage”by John Parker Stewart in 52 Leadership Lessons: Timeless Stories For The Modern Leader. I realize this is probably not funny. In this lesson, Stewart pointed out the basic needs of a two-year-old child. Here they are:img_2265

  • They need to be cared for.
  • They need security and protection
  • They need to be listened to and included.
  • They need their questions answered.
  • They need love, reassurance, entertainment, attention, praise, and discipline.
  • They even need age-appropriate responsibilities.

“If your people are acting like two-year-olds, ask yourself which of their ‘two-year-old’ needs you may have neglected.” ~ John Parker Stewart

So… if you have ever said, “I work with a bunch of two-year-olds.” You’re right. That list of what a two-year-old needs is spot on for any age group we serve as a leader, don’t you think? This lesson really caused me to think about whether I am doing my part to meet the needs of all those I serve. We all need to take time and listen deeply to our team members and make sure we are meeting their current needs. Remember, their needs do change over time.

My challenge to you and myself is to take some time and analyze the needs of those who report to me and see if those needs are being met.


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