March 19, 2022

Removing weakness


One of the prime directives for any leader is to improve the strength of the team.

Most days, the way we think about this is either in terms of hiring or coaching. It starts with bringing the right people in, with matching values and work ethics so they’ll hit the ground without rubbing up too many people the wrong way. When they’re here, we put time and attention into them, pointing in the right direction, nudging them back on course when they stray, lighting their fires and keeping speed-bumps out of their way.

Some days though, improving strength means removing a weakness. When a skill set is no longer necessary and can’t be retrained, when the promise is too frequently left unfulfilled, or when style or substance or emotional intelligence have failed to evolve in line with the needs of the team.

Skippy strategy: Improving strength sometimes means removing weakness.