CREATIVE LEADERSHIP
2014  June 10

Paying Attention To Your Team

I heard yesterday from Lakshmi Pratury how tour guides at the Pentagon are trained to walk backwards to face their audiences while traversing the system of hallways. I wondered how they avoid bumping into things -- turns out that: 1/ they practice a lot, and 2/ the tour group will often warn the guide if he’s about to bump into something.

I thought it a good metaphor for leadership -- facing your team and walking backwards some days to keep their attention fully on you so that you can direct. To eventually getting to turn around and walk fast again and count on them to follow. -JM

When you are watching where your team’s going, you also need to watch that whether they’re following.

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