February 23, 2018

The leap


Much of managing is nudging.

Pointing people in the right direction, clearing a path, making connections, doing the little things so the team can do the big things, suggesting routes around issues, stronger-faster-higher behaviours, setting an example.

You’re not doing the work for your team, you’re nudging them to move along in the right direction with an attitude and work ethic that fits in with the way you’d like things to be done around here. You’re nurturing the individuals and the culture and building the team you imagine. One nudge at a time.

Sometimes, that’s not enough. The nudges aren’t compounding, headway is too slow, not enough progress and you’re falling behind the curve.

Sometimes – for a single person, a team or a company – you have to point across a chasm and push them into taking the leap.

Skippy strategy: Once in a while, bigger challenges get faster progress.