For once, I didn’t hover. I didn’t smother. I didn’t micromanage. I didn’t edit every page of the presentation deck. I didn’t pour over the agenda. I stepped away. I trusted.
Several hours before the event I tried to inject. I was told to step away. That I was being a “buzz kill.” Let it be Dave. Let it be. And so, I let it be.
Our town hall is held 2-3x per year.
The large auditorium filled slowly. Too slowly for me. (It’s always too slow for me.) My anxiety climbing. Yet, it filled.
These meetings start slowly. A sense of unease. Shifting in the seats. It is near the end of the day and minds are turning to the commute home, to family, to dinner.
Front line team members gave business updates. Not senior management. Not middle management.
They spoke of their day-to-day reality. Their accomplishments. They laughed at their frustrations. They poked fun at me and other members of our management team.
I sat back watching. You could feel the mood turn. The ball was beginning to roll down hill.
Cheers after each presenter was done.
On an impromptu basis, one sang Bruce Springsteen’s Jungle Land. (Who knew he could sing? And what does it say about a team’s comfort level to let their hair down and just let it fly…)
Oh, what talent in this room. My heart swelling with pride.
Leadership comes from all levels. It needs to come from all levels.
And Mushers? Mushers are at the back of the sled.
“To lead people, walk behind them.”
Lao Tzu (600 BC-531 BC)
Lao Tzu Quote: Thank you Lori @ Donna & Diablo