When all else fails, help them get out of the way.

3 03 2015

“It has long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them.  They went out and happened to things.” ~Leonardo da Vinci

Kennedy had a similar quote about not asking your country what it can do for you, but asking what you can do for your country.  This meshes nicely with my favorite quote “Lead, Follow, or get out of the way.”  These thoughts work just as well for life in general as they do specifically for business.

Not everyone in a successful business needs to be a leader.  In fact, business teams work better with a few leaders, and a lot of folks willing to follow them enthusiastically.  Too many cooks do indeed spoil the sauce, sometimes.  The people you need to watch out for (and manage out) are those who say they’ll follow, but who are actually passive-aggressive roadblocks to progress.  They don’t quickly reply to any requests, they make excuses why deadlines are missed, and they question the wisdom of the leaders initiative – when the leader is not around.  The team is best served, in these instances, by helping these folks “get out of the way”.  They’ll hopefully find a job they like better, and they won’t be an impediment to progress for your team in the long run.

Speaking of sitting back…

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Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com

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