How about this?
How about you stop explaining what you are about to ask or say or state?
How about you just go ahead and say it?
I’m projecting that onto you because it’s a huge development opportunity for me.
And I’m already getting better.
Because I decided to. And because I have a good friend helping me.
Be direct. Be clear. And don’t go it alone.
Repair when most of what’s there is working as it should.
Replace when most of what’s there is not.
It’s expensive – time and money – to get this wrong if the subject is a home repair.
It’s expensive – time, money, morale, productivity, loyalty – to get this wrong if the subject is a team member.
There’s a time to support, develop and coach. And there’s a time to move on. A leader’s value is determined by his ability to know the difference.
DAVID BERRY is the author of “A More Daring Life: Finding Voice at the Crossroads of Change” and the founder of RULE13 Learning. He speaks and writes about the complexity of leading in a changing world.