Angling with a rod.

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I’m sure that you’ve heard the old saying, “Give a man a fish and he’ll have food for a day, teach him how to fish and he’ll have food for a lifetime.”

It’s a terrific principle when working with people living in poverty and trying to assist them to get back on their feet.

It’s also a key principle to be conscious of when leading people.

If you want a successful organisation or enterprise, equipping people for a day won’t help you much.

Don’t just give people a manual and look over their shoulder while they do basic work and meet basic expectations.

Coach them, teach them, develop them to do meaningful work.

Allow them to utilise their strengths and to contribute their ideas.

Engage them, acknowledge their efforts and let them do their job.

Equip them for the next stage of your business, for the next stage of their career.

Give them food for a lifetime.

It’s what separates great leaders from ordinary managers.

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