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Never tell people how to do things

There was a time when the American military had no use for independent thinkers. That changed in WWII, and General George Patton played a big part in the change.  “Never tell people how to do things.  Tell them what you want done and they will surprise you with their ingenuity,” he wrote.

David Petraeus had the same philosophy in Iraq, looking for leaders who “were flexible and able to think independently.”  While he was in command, violence plummeted and he was given overall command of the Iraqi theatre.

William Coyne, Senior Vice President of research and development at the famously innovative 3M, described it this way:

“We let our people know what we want them to accomplish.  But- and it is a very big but – we do not tell them how to achieve those goals.”

Maybe it’s time to re-think your command and control structure and let your people surprise you.

Have a great week!
Trevor


“Our business has seen a great deal of change and with Trevor’s help, each change has been an upgrade. Trevor gets it. He understands business, he understands what I face as an owner, and he adds wisdom and accountability to actually get things done on the ground. He’s also been a huge help to me personally and has become a good friend. I would highly recommend him to you to help you in your business.”


John DeJong

John DeJong, Artex Barn Solutions