Last week we talked about playing with creator mode ON.
If you missed it click here.
When was the last time you felt micromanaged?
What does that do the next time you have an idea?
Do you speak up again or is it easier with each shunned idea from your boss to start keeping ideas to yourself?
When someone above you can turn the faucet and shut off power to your creativity and problem solving abilities… It feels viscerally wrong.
Until the recent boom of the “creator economy” it was normal just to stay in a job that regularly did these things to you. Also know as, “A job you hated.”
Which meant your:
work quality suffered
quality of life suffered
relationships at work were not strong
purpose was diminished or extinguished
You know… All terrible things.
Now it’s becoming more common to tell your boss to fuck off and bet on yourself.
Or just respectfully leave… Everyone’s style is different.
Why People Quit
The most common reason people quit… or hate their job…
Lack of autonomy.
Nobody likes to be micromanaged…
That includes your players.
This lack of autonomy often comes from rigid leaders who always work top-down.
The aim isn’t “commander in charge.”
This is the coach taking control and turning “creation mode” to OFF.
Instead, we must take aim at “commanders intent.”
Let’s dive into Jocko Willink’s leadership concept first used in the US Military.
Why People Stay… And Love It
People stay because they get autonomy to “do it their way” with a goal in mind. This is “commanders intent” in a nutshell.
Here’s one hockey/team sports example.
The commanders intent on offense
Get the puck to a scoring area via passing, skating, or placing, and then…
Shoot it from those areas to score goals
The goal is stated… How you do it is up to you…