Friday, June 26, 2015

"Getting things done is not always what is most important. There is value in allowing others to learn, even if the task is not accomplished as quickly, efficiently, or effectively." - R. D. Clyde

I wish I could find the original of this story about the rancher and his young son. I remember it something like this:

A rancher takes his young son out to extend a fence on their property. He talks the boy through the work to be done, shows him the materials and the tools, and then--patiently talking him through it--gives the boy the opportunity to do most of the work.

The owner of the adjacent property happens by, seeing their handiwork, and gives the farmer a hard time about the quality. It's not the best fence-work he's ever seen.

The farmer replies to his neighbor: "You don't understand. I'm not building a fence, I'm building a boy."

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