I see this happen with other leaders and hope they’ll learn from my failure: It’s better to let an idea go unpursued than to keep the option open and draining resources without an actual chance of success.
I had fooled myself into thinking that I had her working on a super-cool internal disruption project, what I had really done was make her the victim of my own uninspired optionality. I couldn’t let go of the jobs board idea, and so I wasted resources and time chasing two rabbits.
which is often ti…rything they can to nurture and grow it, which is often times why they haven’t sold it off already. When you ask them where they see their company in 2, 5, or 10 years, they have an answer. That doesn’t mean that their vision can’t change, but in that moment, they believe in that vision 150%.
The reality is - you’re stealing. You’re stealing opportunity from your team members to step up and face tasks that scare them. You’re stealing the thrill of achieving something they didn’t know they were capable of achieving. You’re stealing the very joy out of job they ought to love, and you’re stealing from their ability to grow as a person and a professional.