September 6, 2017

Permission to push


It’s the myth of leadership that you can get your people to do what you want. You understand that. It normally sinks in after the second or third self-inflicted crisis after taking on the first real role. It’s not about what you want them to do, it’s about getting them to want the same results as you – and making sure they have sufficient talent, resources and freedom to do what it takes.

Sometimes … probably more than you think … you’re the one that’s in the way. There’s something you’re doing, or not doing, that stops them getting on with their bit.

The freedom they need then comes from confidence. To demand your time or attention. To get you to do what they want. That if they have to push you, you won’t push (kick) back.

Your bit … give them permission.

Skippy strategy: Ask them to push you.