Fire and forget, is a familiar term if you happen to operate in military flying circles. In the old days, a pilot would train his eyes and aircraft on the target, and keep them there for as long as he fired the machine gun or missile. Today, pilots can fire and forget. The missile has the intelligence to know where it’s going. The pilot can fire, forget, and train his eyes on the next mission or enemy aircraft.
Leaders, oftentimes, assume they can hire and forget. They assume because of experience, industry knowledge, or simple laziness, they can hire pre – loaded heat seekers and target hits will follow. This would be great if it were true. Sadly, this doesn’t work so well with humans. Humans are not like missiles. Humans are NOT hire and forget.
We want to know we belong. Not some of us, but all of us. We want to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. We never bring our best when left alone. We all want to feel included, needed, and, oddly, claim our autonomy in the same breath. Yes indeed, we’ve got issues. We are not machines and we do not perform well when left unattended. Hire and forget, with humans, will NOT work.
Remember, a collection of individuals, teams, and leaders do not become ONE with common knowledge, common experience, and enough time together. They become ONE, only if someone has the clarity, conviction, confidence, and the competence to transform with them. They become ONE, when one is willing to lead the charge and practice toward this purpose. Transformational leaders understand this truth. Want a team of heat seeking missiles?
Forget the notion of hire and forget and sell out completely to the notion of becoming BTL. Together, we will awaken, challenge, and transform individuals, teams, and leaders into ONE, distinct, deeply connected, and Becoming BTL. Master deliberate practice that builds strength within and strength with each other. Master the art of becoming and belonging. Your team wants oneness within and with each other. Forget hire and forget. Focus on OPUS. Focus your full attention here, leader.