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Why aren't THEY doing something about this?

Updated: Mar 10



We regularly hear from leaders who feel frustrated that managers, peers, or direct reports aren't taking action (or a "sufficient" level of action) on something that seems "obvious" to that leader. Sometimes this comes with judgement, when people think or even say, "they're knuckleheads" or "they're lazy". We often absolve ourselves of responsibility to do or say anything because we see it as so obvious.


Here's where that approach comes up short:

1. You aren't doing anything besides judging (not helpful)

2. You aren't working to understand what they see, and how they are approaching the situation

3. You aren't equipping that person with what YOU see, and how YOU are thinking about this


The next time you are having a 'WTF moment' when reviewing what someone else is doing (that matters to you and them), and your first thought is to do nothing, challenge yourself to ask questions. That person probably isn't a knucklehead, and has what they see as a really good reason to do something. Moreover, 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒂𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒎𝒂𝒚 𝒃𝒆 𝒍𝒂𝒄𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 in this situation.



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