Whatever happened to great stewardship? We hear so much today about mining dangers, oil drilling dangers, over harvested forests, poorly treated employees, those out of work employees, time wasted, bloated government budgets etc. These are critical resources to making us great. These are resources which will help you thrive – if you can instill a culture of great stewardship.
Stewardship requires that we all take great responsibility for the assets we control. This can apply anywhere. It is not the dominion of the corporate executives or the “people in control.” It is our greatest legacy when we treat all of our resources and assets with respect, protecting them from misuse and overuse.
Also, when individuals feel in control of their assets(time, money, team, etc.), they tend to make great decisions. However it does require a few things:
Shared Values: have you assembled a team that shares common values? Values are not just for the leaders. They must permeate the culture.
Shared Vision: Does your team, company, group understand what future picture is being painted?
Shared Mission: Moving toward the future picture often requires specific missions and projects. These must be shared and all must be involved in driving them forward.
What does this create? A sense of belonging to something bigger than ourselves and with that comes the feeling of responsibility. Out of responsibility comes stewardship.
Remember, it is easy to waste some time or a little money or a bit material. It is hard to have the daily discipline to be a good steward of all that is in your control. However, if you are a good steward of the small things, you will gain the opportunity to steward larger things.
So, can you be a good steward today?
P.S. – We recently spent some beautiful days in Washington DC. It was great to see the emergence of Spring there and then come back to Rochester, NY and have it arrive about a week later. Dust off the bike and get out there. Invest in your health and well being.