The Space Between Supervising Closely and Delegating

Where Growth Happens

 

 

 

 

  Most of us know what Supervising Closely looks like. It’s doing things like:

Setting goals. Telling what needs to be done. Explaining how to do it. Setting timelines. Checking progress. Providing frequent feedback.

And most of us know what Delegating looks like:

You leave them alone and let them do their job.

If you want to be an effective leader, you need to be able to hang out in the space in the middle.

It doesn’t work when you try to jump over that space.

When you jump from Closely Supervising to Delegating.

Nancy decided to delegate her calendar to her new assistant. Her assistant took over scheduling like any other activity – she efficiently . . . → Read More: The Space Between Supervising Closely and Delegating

It’s Easier to Give Than to Receive, But Not Necessarily Better

How many times have you heard, “It’s better to give than receive?” It’s so ingrained in our culture, we don’t even question it.

If you are in a leadership role, chances are you believe this wholeheartedly. Which means you also probably believe you should

always be competent,

never make mistakes,

and always be strong.

And likely you believe you should only receive when you have something to give in exchange.

One problem with this attitude is that when you are in a situation where you don’t have a choice and must receive, you are likely to feel

…humiliated

…incompetent

…stupid

because it challenges your self-image.

It is easier to give than to receive, . . . → Read More: It’s Easier to Give Than to Receive, But Not Necessarily Better

Characteristics of an Effective Vision: Create a DRIVING Vision

In Full Steam Ahead! Unleash the Power of Vision, we provide this definition of vision:

“Vision is knowing who you are, where you’re going, and what will guide the journey.” – Ken Blanchard and Jesse Lyn Stoner

A much earlier definition I wrote is quoted by Zig Ziglar in Over the Top:

“A vision is a clearly-articulated, results-oriented picture of a future you intend to create. It is a dream with direction.” – Jesse Stoner-Zemel

Both definitions are accurate, but to more fully explain the characteristics of an effective vision – a vision that drives commitment and direction – I use the acronym DRIVING. It helps avoid ending up with something that is so vague or lofty, it has no meaning. . . . → Read More: Characteristics of an Effective Vision: Create a DRIVING Vision

What Team Members Can (and should) Do to Help Their Team Become High Performing

Team members make two common mistakes:

Mistake #1: Thinking it’s the team leader’s responsibility to pull the team together and waiting passively for that to happen.

Mistake #2: Accepting mediocrity because they assume there is nothing they can do.

Ultimately a team’s success depends on the team members, not the team leader. In fact, over-dependence on the team leader can prevent a team from reaching its full potential.

What you can do as a team member to support your team on its journey to high performance.

Teams move through predictable stages of development, but how quickly and easily they progress depends on whether the needs of the team are being met during each stage. And sometimes teams can get stuck. Here’s what you can . . . → Read More: What Team Members Can (and should) Do to Help Their Team Become High Performing