The other day, a co-worker asked me for an email address. An address that has been copied on emails to him multiple times.
I was sitting at my computer so I could have easily looked it up. Seeing how he had just gotten up from his computer to walk to my desk, I used this as a fishing lesson.
I reminded him of multiple emails where he and the person were included. He did recall seeing emails with the person’s name and realized that he could look it up himself. Wonderful, I saved the day…again.
So often, we tend to ‘do’ instead of ‘show’ when a teaching moment comes around. Instead of giving instruction while showing the person how to do it for themselves, we just go on and do the task.
I am guilty of this. When in a time crunch, I start to doing instead of showing quickly. Things have to get done…my patience could be at stake. Yes, I am working on changing that.
When we ‘do’ instead of ‘show’, we are cheating the person and ourselves of teachable moments. We are robbing them of an opportunity to grow and ourselves of time…in that moment…and in the future.
When we fail to teach, we set ourselves up to repeat the task again. We have to teach people how to fish. How to do things for themselves. Give them knowledge instead of keeping them in the dark. Share, Educate, Grow…Fish.
When we use the power of fishing, we are helping to create more capable people. We are training ourselves to be more patient. We are teachers of society. We Are awesome!
Written In Love,