A gentle hand in a strong wind

20 04 2016

A kite needs to be tied down to fly. I learned how important restrictions can sometimes be in order to experience freedom.” ~ Damien Rice

As an avid stunt kite flier, I’d never tied down a kite.  And my kites have at least 2 strings, sometimes as many as 8.  Controlling a stunt kite starts out with many crashes into the sand until you get the hang of how lightly you should be guiding the kite.  The smallest pull, or twist can create crazy spins and dives.  The heavier the wind, the less pressure you need to exert to make the kite do beautiful things.

Yes, leaders, restrictions are important.  When giving a project, be sure to lay out your left and right boundaries.  For example, “you can’t fire your whole team, and you can’t sell the company, but between those 2 boundaries, go out and make this initiative succeed”.  Then… light touches only.  Check in periodically, give a little nudge, and stand back.  When there are high winds, (i.e. high stress), don’t jump in and try to take the reins… Trying to hand a kite  from one person to another in high winds is guaranteed to crash the kite.  Just be supportive, and firm, but let them succeed as you watch their team pull in the same direction… towards success.

Speaking of flying a kite…


Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com




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