In business and leadership circles I've heard an interesting statistic. If the job can be done 80% as well by someone else, it can be delegated. Moms, what do you think of that stat?
A job done only 80% as well as I can do it sometimes bug me! However, I think this may be one of my more maturing edges.
I remember the days when Doug would dress the children. Even when I laid the clothes out, I'm not convinced he was able to hit 80%! As a young mom I made a horrible discovery.
If I didn't let him do it "his way," he would just quit doing it.
Today's motherhood advice.? Learn to flexible.
Flex into a contentment at 80%. Or maybe even try 70%.
It is amazing how my children can rise up and conquer new challenges when I'm able to give them some room.
Last night Hannah gave me a perfect example. I was roasting three chickens for dinner. I knew that we should have had enough meat for dinner with some meat left that I could process toward a soup for the next day.
When we sat down to dinner table with all the children and grandchildren I noticed that our supply of meat seemed to be a bit lacking. I thought about going back to the kitchen to check out the carcass myself.
But then I remembered Hannah voluntarily offered to prepare the birds. Which was more important? Hannah's initiative and confidence? Or the dinner crowd?
I'm glad I chose Hannah. She rose up with such grace to help me when I was weary and not feeling well. I am so proud to give her the honor and reward of a job well done.
Mom, maybe we can learn something from the business world. 80%… Or 70?
Image courtesy of Gisela Royo
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