May 26, 2023

To fish


When you see what’s happening, and it’s not going well, there’s always three options.

One – you can stand back and let them work it out for themselves. Assume that they’ll see the benefit, find the connections, get the insight, understand the difference between the way they do things now and how they could do them better, conjure the answer. You can watch them fail, take the wrong turn, miss the not-so-obvious, make the wrong assumption. The only way to learn is to learn the hard way. Lonely.

Two – knock them aside as you take over. Alone.

Three – stand beside them and help them see what you see. Explain the benefit of first doing this and then doing that. Tell stories that fire their curiosity and help them leap. Cut through the noise and point out the signal. Teach them to fish. Together.

Skippy strategy: Together is better than apart.