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You Can Give a Carpenter Tools, But You Can’t Make Him Build… | Mary Biever | One Writing Mother

You Can Give a Carpenter Tools, But You Can’t Make Him Build…

Management 101 – the first key to successfully motivating other people. Having the right tools is vital to successfully completing any task.

Sometimes, we forget the most important tool – before the ones we actually touch – is preparation of the heart. If I hire a carpenter to do a job, I can organize and plan all the correct materials and tools and still have a job that fails. The first step is to tell the carpenter some simple statements some call cream and sugar fluff:

  • I believe in you.
  • You have what it takes to succeed.
  • If you put your whole heart and mind into this job, you will not only succeed but surpass expectations.

Once we remind someone that having the faith of a mustard seed can sometimes move mountains, we need to prepare ourselves to see mountains moved.

Once the faith is there, then our job in empowering others is to give them whatever tools and information they need to complete the task at hand.

If we forget the first step, we will soon learn that you can give a carpenter tools, but you can’t make him build.


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