Nathan waited for me in my favorite place, the coffee room. “What are we going to talk about today?” I asked.
“You said we were going to talk about the Prime Directive,” Nathan responded.
“Which is what?”
“My role, as a manager is to add value to the decision making and problem solving of my team members.”
“And you were going to bring me a list of ways you could do that.”
“Indeed,” Nathan announced, proudly producing a single sheet with several items on it.
“So, look down your list and pick the top three items that make sense to do first,” I directed.
Nathan was proud of his list, but he had not considered that some things made sense to do before other things. Finally, he spoke. “Well, I have twelve things on my list, but the thing I need to do first isn’t on here.”
“I think before I do anything, I have to create a sense of trust. In fact, without a sense of trust, none of the things on the list are possible.”
“In your meetings, you invited Rachel, Edward and Billy to run certain parts. Does that create trust or distrust?”
“Well, trust,” blurted Nathan.
“So, you have already started to build the trust that is required to be effective. What’s next?”