Great metaphor I found in the Wall Street Journal today…. Even though you “know what to do”, memorable, contextual examples like this one help you “do it” more frequently.
While I would add humility and respect to your high-level direction when leading an organization, I detect Joe has that covered after reading the article.
This is the key point from the article is in the excerpt below.
Joe Moglia’s Having an Interesting Fourth Quarter (former CEO of TD Ameritrade)
In his first months, Moglia tested each of his players to figure out whether they were auditory, visual or kinesthetic (touch-and-feel) learners so he and his coaching staff knew the best way to teach each of them. He spends most of his time working with his coaches to make sure they are using their time and personnel most effectively instead of pushing them to all-night film sessions. As games approach, the Coastal Carolina playbook often shrinks. Instead of adding in wrinkles, his team is more likely to focus on the handful of plays they execute well. Anyone on Moglia’s staff is allowed to challenge anyone else. “There’s usually a hierarchy in a football program, like in the military,” said Mike Gallagher, Coastal Carolina’s recruiting coordinator, who has coached in high school and college for 14 years. “But here you have all the ideas coming to the table.”
During games, Moglia decides whether to kick or go for it on fourth down, but he doesn’t call plays and keeps his instructions at the macro level. “Let’s bring some more pressure,” or “Let’s try to run down some clock.” If that sounds like a CEO letting division heads do their jobs, it’s not a coincidence. (Word has it the former executive with an estimated nine-figure net worth gives a pretty convincing living-room recruiting speech).