Leave them the hell alone

Best Work Stories: David – 2022 – cord Insights:

All the good, great ideas we’re going to come up with, they’re not going to just flow into the work right away. They have to wait until it’s time to decide again. That level of tying your hand behind your backs in some ways, not being able to react on every gut instinct of urgency when you get a new idea of you hear a new idea, is a way to fuse responsibility with a reservedness. That responsibility doesn’t mean just being hyperactive all the time, that these things actually go hand-in-hand. The best thing, and I still struggle with this from time to time, the best thing you can do for your team that you’re responsible for is to leave them the hell alone. I like to be left alone a lot of the time. So you can combine those things and say like, “Do you know what? I’m going to step in with responsibility, be part of setting it in direction.” And once the direction is set, leave the people to simply travel that direction and then spend the time between checkpoints getting bored, getting creative, coming up with my own damn stuff to do.

[It’s a really big problem in so many places…]

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