Authority and Responsibility – Episode 120

sing joyouslyDo you have trouble letting go of responsibility? Do you take on too much? Or do you give responsibility to someone for something they can’t do? If you’ve ever felt that way, you may find help in Concepts 6 and 7. Concept 6 says “The Conference acknowledges the primary administrative responsibility of the Trustees.” And, Concept 7 states “The Trustees have legal rights while the rights of the Conference are traditional.”

  • How can Concept 6 help me manage my time and accomplish the tasks I need to do?
  • How can I effectively “share the load” with others? What does Concept 6 teach me about that?
  • How do I do my work and allow others to do theirs without interfering or taking it on?
  • Talk about a time when I was overwhelmed by trying to do everything myself?
  • How can clear communication encourage others to help me accomplish a task?
  • How does Concept 6 encourage me to seek the help of those who are qualified for a job?
  • How can Concept 6 motivate me to ask for help when I am frustrated and overwhelmed?
  • How do I determine the difference between legal and traditional rights in my personal life?
  • How can clearly defining my responsibilities keep me from trying to “fix” the lives of others?
  • How can Concept 7 help me clarify my role in difficult situations? (Examples?)
  • How does understanding the rights and responsibilities of each person in a situation help me?
  • How can I apply concept 7 as a parent when making or enforcing rules?

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Music from the show

Courtney Barnett: Pedestrian at Best

Bill Withers: Lean on Me

New Edition: Boys to Men


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