Watching my children play the game Marco Polo can be quite entertaining. One throws a blanket over the head and yells out “Marco”, while the other dances around taunting “Polo” until usually someone accidentally bumps into something and crying ensues. Good times.
But it struck me the other day how many leaders use this same model, perhaps unintentionally, to lead their teams. They don’t set out a vision, with consistent outcomes and prioritize the work that would make success possible. Rather they dance around shouting out new directions each day, week or month.
Frankly, it’s a bit of what’s made Dilbert so popular.
Don’t let your team find the answers. Define success for them and then help them achieve it. When you make your team successful, you will be too.