Have conflict in your organization? You may need to add responsibility.

If you have conflict in your office, it ultimately comes down to a lack of someone not taking responsibility for their actions. If you have conflict in your family, business or community, look closely at the root cause. Who failed in the responsibility given to them?

Responsibility defined is the state of having a duty and the state being accountable. We were created to shoulder responsibility. Our world is comprised of many, many areas of responsibility. Here are a few:

  • Completing the work assigned to you
  • Driving on the right side of the road
  • Paying your bills on time
  • Staying faithful to your spouse
  • Spending time and giving love to your children

In the very beginning there is a story of God creating the world. In doing so, he created a man and a woman, Adam and Eve. As soon as they are created, he gives them the world and says, you take care of it all. He gave responsibility to Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve are now accountable to God.

The Good

When we are given responsibility, and it is executed correctly, it builds us up. We, who were given responsibility, feel good about our accomplishment. When you, as a leader, give responsibilities to your team members and they succeed, you recognize that accomplishment. You have a great opportunity to hold them up and build them up.

We want to enable our team members to grow and take on the responsibilities within our organizations. Start with simple, normal duties, as this provides them the ability to succeed early on. That ‘atta boy’ slap on the back of team members makes your organization stronger. If you start giving responsibilities, be sure they are capable of handling correctly. They can’t become a veterans soldier until you complete basic training and get in-the-field experience. If you give too much responsibility and failure occurs, conflict will begin to fill your organization.

The Conflict

If you know anything about the story of Adam and Eve, they fail with only one rule in their entire world. What do they do? They disappoint the person who assigned them a fairly simple responsibility.

In this, we see the very first conflict in history. Adam was approached by God about his responsibility, he states, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” In this one sentence, Adam blames God for creating Eve and then Eve for giving him a bite of the fruit. He completely fails to shoulder the responsibility given to him.

In our own lives, we can reflect on similar failures in our businesses and families. When we do not act upon the duty given to us, we don’t live out our true purpose and conflict, within our lives ensues. If a soldier in battle fails in a duty, he puts his fellow soldiers in jeopardy. Granted not all responsibilities have the weight of a soldier in battle, but there is an impact when not carried out. Adam and Eve put the entire creation in jeopardy.

In Summary

Responsibility is a duty. Robert E. Lee stated, “Duty is the sublimest word in the English dictionary.” It carries weight, but given accordingly and acted on accordingly, it brings happiness and strength. You want your organization to be strong and grow. In doing so, you must ensure your individuals are strengthened each day by being assigned responsibilities they can carry out. If you dish out one “above their pay grade,” be sure you or a fellow team member is there to help that person carry that responsibly across the finish line.

Mitch Smith, Founder/CEO of Rootloud

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Mitch Smith is the executive's trusted advisor on technology, strategy, performance improvement, and selecting the right talent. He is a serial technology entrepreneur from Charleston, and has successfully launched five technology firms over 24 years. He is an author and sought-after speaker. He and his wife of 22 years enjoy the outdoors with their three children.

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Mitch Smith is the executive’s trusted advisor on technology, strategy, performance improvement, and selecting the right talent. He is a serial technology entrepreneur from Charleston, and has successfully launched five technology firms over 24 years. He is an author and sought-after speaker. He and his wife of 22 years enjoy the outdoors with their three children.

Mitch, and his companies, have served over 570 organizations that include: Aflac, Chick-fil-A, Bose, Cardinal Logistics, Comporium, Darden Restaurants, Dave Ramsey, Genentech, HP, Hobby Lobby, Home Telcom, Jabil, Milliken, Nokia, Southeastern Freight, VF Corporation, and many more.

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