You are failing your business as a leader if on any given day you hear one of the below phrases from someone in your team:
I would like to…
Request permission to…
What should we do about…
Do you think we should…
These are all indicators your business is run in through a command and control leadership style. You may not think so but if you are hearing any of the above I can guarantee it is. It may have even happened inadvertently.
You could be getting more out of your team and business if you pushed responsibility, accountability and decision making down the organisation.
Anytime you here one of the above phrases you need to stop the person immediately. Let them know from now on you want to hear “I intend to…”.
Be sure to stay on this same message with the entire team until it sinks in. It is a subtle but powerful difference.
The “I intend to…” philosophy was learned from Captain David Marquet who as commander of the USS Santa Fe turned it around from a ship with low morale, performance and retention into one of the fleets finest. If you are interested you should read his book.
It worked on a nuclear submarine, what is stopping you from implementing this in your business?