Just landed in Newark, up here for three days, working with Dick Shorten’s Vistage groups on the research of Elliott Jaques.
Still have a few openings in Working Leadership Online. Free Introductory Membership for our next Subject Area – Accountability – Control Systems and Feedback Loops. If you would like to get on the list, follow this link to the Free Introductory Membership.
“I hope that worked,” Gail blurted.
“How so?” I asked.
“I know I am supposed to hold my team accountable,” she replied. “Sometimes, I feel like a babysitter.”
“If you didn’t feel like a babysitter, what would be different?” I pushed.
“If I don’t come down hard, let my team know I really mean business, it seems like they consistently underperform. But if I am in their face, they actually step up and get the job done.”
“How much of your energy does that take?”
“It’s not just energy,” Gail lamented, “Is this what management is all about, because it’s not really that much fun.”
“So, what would be different, if you could find a better way?”
“I don’t know. Instead of me, is there any way they could hold themselves accountable?”