October 14, 2019

Ropes and knots


It’s a balance.

You find someone with potential and you want to give them the opportunity to match, and you don’t want to rush them to the table before they’ve gained enough confidence and experience, and there’s always the risk that if you wait too long they’ll get bored and find some other place to chew through interesting challenges.

However good they are, however much ambition they have and however keen you are to give them more responsibility, set a pace that allows them the chance to learn about ropes and knots. Give them challenges that stretch them, and give them time enough to work through the issues and internalise the lessons.

And help them along the way. That doesn’t mean spoon feed them, it does mean showing them how to think critically and make smart decisions.

Skippy strategy: To help them grow, offer questions not answers.