youth1parents1community1
icon-fbicon-twittericon-youtbue

November 2013 - Dependability

Ron is the Chief of the South Salt Lake Fire Dept. He has a deep compassion for the city and the people he serves. Ron works hard to be an example of dependability for his department  and especially to students at all the schools in SSL. You'll regularly find him teaching young people about how to stay safe and what to do in an emergency.  Ron is the Chief of the South Salt Lake Fire Dept. He has a deep compassion for the city and the people he serves. Ron works hard to be an example of dependability for his department and especially to students at all the schools in SSL. You'll regularly find him teaching young people about how to stay safe and what to do in an emergency.

Dependability

Definition

Dependable – Acting so that one can be relied on and trusted

Quotes

"The greatest ability is dependability." -Robert (Bob) Jones

"You can pretend to care, but you can't pretend to show up." -George L. Bell

"A man who lacks reliability is utterly useless." -Confucius

"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing" -Theodore Roosevelt

"Depend on no man, on no friend but him who can depend on himself. He only who
acts conscientiously toward himself, will act so toward others." -Johann Kaspar Lavater

Discussion

Dependability—fulfilling what is promised, even if it requires unexpected sacrifice.

Whether it is doing your job at home, at school or on the soccer field, if others know they can count on you to get the job done, you quickly move into the category of valuable team member. Being reliable often leads to positive recognition, whether in the form of promotion, pay raise or extra privileges.

As parents, educators, and adults, it is our job to prepare children for the increased responsibilities they will face as they grow into adults. We do this by teaching them to be dependable with small commitments at first. As children master small obligations, they become increasingly prepared to manage greater things.

One of the most important things we can do in this area is set a good example for children. If they see that we follow through on the commitments that we make, they will recognize the importance of keeping the promises they make.

Activities

Keep your promises

• Fulfill your duties without excuses. If you cannot do exactly as you stated, help with making other arrangements.
• Never neglect or shrug off your part, becoming lax or slack.
• Do not forget your commitments, say and mean it: "I will remember."

Be there:

• Get ready early so that you will be prompt.
• Plan all details of doing a good job.
• Write a list and fill it if you need tools, materials, supplies, etc.
• Make a schedule so you can be on time.
• Follow through. Check as you go and double check when you believe you're finished.

Be honest

George Washington was reported to have said: "I cannot tell a lie." when he was a small child. That would mean, "I choose to never lie." Or maybe "I could not choose to lie."

Be trustworthy.
Being trustworthy implies being trusted, and this is an opinion about the person that is built through time and respect.

If you become a person who people depend upon, or rely on, then you will find a sense of accomplishment and feel much more independent. People will respect you more and see you as someone who is ready and able to help, and this can be one of life's greatest achievements.

The Champion

The average runner sprints until the breath in him is gone;
But the champion has the iron will that makes him carry on.
For rest, the average runner begs when limp his muscles grow
But the champion runs on leaden legs, his spirit makes him go.
The average man's complacent when he does his best to score,
But the champion does his best and then he does a little more.
--Author Unknown

Books to Share

Books to share with children:

Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss

 

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper

The Little Hero of Holland (The Book of Virtues, page 533)

Fritz and the Beautiful Horses by Jan Brett

The Fire keeper's Son by Linda Sue Park, Julie Downing

Harvey Hare, Postman Extraordinaire by Bernadette Watts

Workplace

Dependability in the Workplace

Being a dependable employee is a relatively easy process. If a person is committed to doing the best that they can in a workplace, they will be seen as dependable by most employers. Never making promises to deliver in many situations that they cannot is also very important. Making sure to always be on time for in meetings related to work is also a sign of dedication and dependable behavior. The majority of people are dependable if they understand that they need the position.

Many people stop being dependable in the workplace when they no longer feel appreciated within the work environment. A dependable person means that they understand that employees are expected to put their best foot forward whenever possible. A dependable employee will always be sure to be at work on time and positively achieve any objective set before them. This is being responsible both to oneself and to the employer. Everything that is expected of a dependable employee will be completed on time.Grace Angel, . N.p.. Web. 4 Nov 2013. <http://www.careerpath360.com/index.php/how-to-be-a-dependable-employee-4-10907/>.