Be Helpful – Observe from a Distance

Sometimes my three chihuahuas get into a fight. But based on what I’ve learned about dog behavior, I have to let them work it out to determine who is the alpha dog. It’s hard to do because my first instinct is to step in and break it up. But I’ve learned to wait until it is neccessary for me to step in (Liberty Belle is especially protective of her Greenies).

Teeth Liberty

As managers of people, we want to help our employees be more effective. But, sometimes, instead of rushing in to help, try letting your employees resolve the situation by themselves. Of course, be there for guidance and support as needed, but they might be able to resolve the problem without your time & involvement – and possibly even come up with a better solution. After all, it is what they are paid to do…think for themselves.

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One response to “Be Helpful – Observe from a Distance

  1. Being a developer myself, I found the dog comparison amusing. Both like to get a bone and both need to be taken out once in a while.

    Good luck with getting back on-track with SCRUM. I’ve seen it happen when things get too chaotic. Have had to force everyone to re-focus on what matters and not continue to get lost in the less important details. Takes strong leadership and not a stand-offish leadership to make happen.

    Nice post. Best wishes.

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