Prove it…

Remember, Moshe Dayan in the Six Day War, gave his top leaders a ton of commands from the Israeli Armed Forces (IAF) headquarters. His IAF commanders listened and processed each and every order. And, oftentimes they grabbed the reins and changed it. Dayan didn’t threaten legal action or remind them he was in charge. Instead, he smiled. He had built them, purposely, this way. As the war wore on, his commands became shorter and shorter. One of his last commands was simply, “Take Old Jerusalem.” Dayan pointed his team toward their aim and left out all the how, strategy, tactics, and particulars, and gave his team the freedom to figure out the best way forward. Dayan had trained his team to think and so they did…

This kinda trust comes with deep practice and takes time for producers and all kinda performers to prove their worthiness. Whatever system you’re in – prove it. Prove you are worth trusting with more freedom. Prove it. Perform. Produce. And, like Alicia, Josh, Liz, Rich, Nate, Tervel, Timmyd, Taylor, Frankee, Liz, and countless others – kick your own ass.

And, leader, stop using so many words, sticking your nose in so many details, and micro managing teammates you know you can trust. Your problem,proven performer, is you. Your problem, top leader, is you. Think I’m wrong?

Prove it…

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