Behaving Engaging – a LEGO Square Wheels Poster

A discussion group in LinkedIn had a post today about “GO” being the first thing that someone should do as a new manager. DO SOMETHING seemed to be the main thrust.

I wrote to suggest that the very first step might be “STOP.”

Sometimes, “go” gets us going in the wrong direction or it comes across wrong to others in the workplace. GO probably feels good to do, but it is not going to help anyone build a team and generate alignment to shared goals and involve and engage others. Sure, YOU will feel involved and engaged, but they only you will have ownership engagement.

My suggestion I can frame as, “Don’t just DO Something. Stand There!”

Take a moment to insure that you have the right perspective on things. And then ASK those others for their ideas and suggestions and do the simple things to get them to start to be more and more involved and engaged. There would be little lost by spending some time at the start in gathering ideas and starting involvement.

“Teams accomplish more than individuals and all of us know more than any of us.”

But then I thought about it a bit more and came up with this as a way of illustrating my thinking about Asking, Involving, Engaging and Implementing, knowing that a sense of teamwork and ownership is a key to moving things forward more better faster.

SWs LEGO POSTER Stand There ASK 70

Have FUN out there is important, too!

For the FUN of It!


Scott Simmerman 2014 butterflyDr. Scott Simmerman is a designer of team building games and organization improvement tools. Managing Partner of Performance Management Company since 1984, he is an experienced presenter and consultant.

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