Give a team fish, or teach a team to fish?
As tempting as it may be to order the catch of the day at a fine dining restaurant from time to time, you will be able to eat fish every day if you learnt how to fish. This has been on mind a lot recently. First, I have been working in partnership with a consultant supporting a client through a team transition. My college’s approach is to serve a pan fried trout with all the trimmings. My approach is to take the team out to a stream, give them some rods and lures, and practice fly fishing together. And I think both have their place. Combined, we are meeting the clients short terms needs, and building capability for the future as well.
Second, I have been writing about my early experience as an internal team coach. Although I was taking the team fishing on a regular basis, I was providing them with an open seafood buffet on a day-to-day basis as well. Of course the buffet was easier and faster for the team to consume, so they picked that option. It took a lot of energy to encourage the team to fish for themselves and support their long term growth. I learnt a lot from that experience, and I think the leader and team did as well.
If you or your team would like learn more about fishing (and by fishing I mean high performance leadership and high performance teamwork), please get it touch. I have plenty of lure options to share with you.