Nathan survived his next meeting. No one walked out. It was a productive ten minutes. Maybe his team was going to give him a chance.
“Now what?” he asked.
“Prime Directive,” I stated flatly.
“Bring value to the decision making and problem solving of each team member.”
Nathan’s face became a jigsaw puzzle. “What does that mean?” he asked.
“Look, Nathan, there are a number of things that are required of an effective manager. Some things you do will work against you. Some things will work for you. Remember the Prime Directive.”
I detected a glimmer of understanding in Nathan’s eyes.
“You are a new Manager. You were a successful supervisor, but your focus needs to be different, now. Over the next 24 hours, I want you to make a list of what you think your role is, related to the Prime Directive.”