“I think, when I tell people what to do, acting like a big shot, that does not create trust,” Nathan started. “In fact, I don’t even have to act like a big shot to be perceived as a big shot.”
“Why do you think that?” I asked.
“It seems that no matter how tactful I am, or how I sugarcoat it, when I tell people what to do, I sound like a critical parent.”
“That is quite a discovery,” I remarked. “So, how do you tell people what to do, without sounding like a critical parent?”
“I don’t think I can. I can’t tell them, they have to tell me.”
I knew Nathan was on the right path, just curious if he was putting it all together. “What do you mean?”
Nathan thought for a bit. “Instead of telling my team member what to do, I should ask them how they intend to accomplish the task at hand. Instead of me telling, I want them telling.”
Nathan waited for my response, but he didn’t get the advice he was looking for. “So, let’s go try it out,” I said.