June 30, 2016

The teacher


It’s entirely possible that it would be quicker and better if you did it yourself.

Sometimes, that’s the way to go. When quickness or betterness are the only metrics that matter.

Most times though, they’re somewhere lower down the priority scale.

If they’re up there, near but not at the very top, your role is teacher … Here, let me show you how it’s done. Put tab A into slot B, like this. Do you see?

Lower still down the scale, some projects are as much about learning how to do the thing that the thing itself. Yes, quality is important. Yes, delivery counts. But stand back, coach, mentor, encourage, ask them to explain their thinking, nudge them in the right direction.

Clear the path if you have to, but let them take the steps.

Skippy strategy: The best teacher might just be experience. Let them learn.