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Delegation Dip Part 2: Neglect


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What if I told you that training a new team member wasn’t much different from coaching an Olympian?

Bear with me for a second.

When you coach your son’s Little League baseball team, you’re likely giving him and all his teammates one of their first introductions to the sport. That means you have to teach them every aspect of the game—from their batting technique to how to lose gracefully.

That’s going to be very different from the experience of a coach who’s training an Olympian, someone who’s already the best of the best at what they do.

And yet… Olympians still need to be coached.

The difference between coaching Little League and coaching Olympians (aside from the obvious age and size difference) lies in what the athletes need to be coached on.

The same can be said within the context of your center. 

Do you see where I’m going with this? If not, keep reading.

Of course, every school leader wants to hire an “Olympian”—the team member who can hold their own and exceed expectations.

But hiring a top-notch employee doesn’t mean that person doesn’t need any training at all. In fact, falling into the trap of thinking you can leave them to their own devices is an example of neglect, and it happens all too often.

This week’s podcast episode is the second in a three-part series exploring the Delegation Dip and how you as a leader can respond—rather than react—to this phenomenon. This week, I’m talking about neglect, which is the sneakiest reaction to the Delegation Dip.

Join me for a conversation about:

  • What neglect is and why it happens
  • The signs of neglect and how it develops over time
  • Its effect on relationships in the workplace
  • How to course correct once you’ve identified it

To be successful, every team member—whether closer to the Olympian or Little League end of the spectrum—needs loving guidance and support, no matter how capable they are. As a leader, it’s up to you to ensure that no one gets left behind.


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