Self Managed

If you’re looking for someone to tell you what to do next, you might be disappointed when there’s no answer.

We are not trained to have the answer for what to do next. We are not trained to be self managed.

Early in school, we are told to seek guidance and wait for instruction. Those who are self managed get punished.

The same goes in a traditional work place. The traditional environment does not want you to be self managed. You might get a lose canon. You might get someone working on the wrong things.

In defense of this system, you do not want an entire team to be self managed. At least not all the time.

Why?

Too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

Moving together in the same direction is difficult. It takes a strong leader. It takes followers.

But, if you clearly define a strategy and everybody is on board, the right team can be self managed.

The struggle, though, is defining the strategy and having your team on board.

Difficult up front, but the better long term strategy.

It is important to decide whether you want a team of self managed individuals or followers.

If you hire one and expect another, everyone will be disappointed.

Good luck and good selling!

Originally posted on my Blog where you can find my other musings.