Loners to owners…

Do not over operate in another humans space. This is micro managing. Do not under operate either. Finding the sweet spot is where teams flourish. Too much operating by another in your space leads to a high performer feeling smothered or a low performer being coddled. Too little leads to high performers not being pushed to their peak and low performers not being held accountable. Sometimes leaders choose to over operate. Sometimes, the very same leader chooses to under operate. This is wise when done, well, wisely. This too is difficult.

Leaders have to find the sweet spot and keep pushing it out. Systems, remember, tend toward equilibrium, toward the status quo if you will. Human systems require leadership to maintain healthy equilibrium as they grow. This will lead to more conflict between corporate and the field and any other variety of “us vs them.” The leaders job is to somehow remain above them all, yet stay connected too. The leaders job is to become one, distinct and deeply connected. The leaders job is to transform a team from a bunch of loners to owners – from alone to all one, remember. The leaders job is to orchestrate all of this somewhat covertly, behind the scenes, leaving the lone wolfs to think it was their idea to join the pack. This too is difficult.

Building a self managed team is delusional, it should be obvious. There are no self managed systems, unless you believe the universe somehow manages itself. Everything rises and falls on leadership. In your system, friend, act as if that leader is you. Stop looking up, down, and all around for someone else to hold accountable/blame. Be the change. Good.

Your system just got better…

1 thought on “Loners to owners…

  1. Not sure I understand. The only way to have a self- managed team is to have leadership. If you have leadership that leads to your team being self-managed and you avoid top down “management” why is it delusional to pursue.

    Going away for weeks and not having to be involved feels like a self managing team, managing themselves without having an exec telling them what they have to do.

    Maybe I’m missing something or it just comes down to however each person defines “self-managed”?


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