Fifteen years ago I undertook a Bachelor of Education. Although I never changed careers I did do a handful of teaching contracts in schools, spent a year teaching in Cambodia and spent a number of years as a trainer.
The learning I gained from the teaching degree has been invaluable in many areas of my life – significantly in mentoring, coaching and developing employees as I come alongside and help them to grow personally and professionally.
A number of the key lessons have stayed with me over the years one of which is the idea of scaffolding. Too often we expect employees to perform to our expectations, and often to our own capabilities, when they perhaps haven’t had the same experiences, education and opportunities as us.
Scaffolding is about understanding where skills or abilities begin, and ensuring or establishing the foundation that allows those skills and abilities to grow, then building on these, step by step, so that the employee can be confident in themselves and produce the outcomes that are required.
If you think about it, scaffolding can work in relationships as well. You need to establish the foundation for the relationship and then build it, bit by bit.
The Apostle Paul said, “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another” (1 Thess 5:11). Building relationships takes time, bit by bit.
How are your relationships being built?