Loosen The Reins.


Often, when managers want to improve the outcome of something a team in their department is responsible for, they tighten their grip on that team.

They schedule more recurring meetings and request more reporting. This gives the manager the illusion of control.

However, both meetings and reporting suffocate the team and reduce the amount of time that can be spend on actually improving the outcome.

Although counterintuitive, often it’s better to loosen the reins.

True leaders apply pressure by setting milestones, while at the same time giving the team the freedom needed to perform.

If milestones aren’t obtained, under-performers will have to suffer the consequences.

Business is a high-performance sport. And to micro-manage highly capable players is counterproductive.

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Wesley van der Hoop

Dutchman living in The Bahamas. I get excited about digital marketing, writing, traveling, surfing and learning new things.

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