David Marquet - Intent Based Leadership: Create Leaders at Every Level

Leadership Nudge™ – See Like Sherlock

I’m here by the statue of the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes was a keen observer and that allowed him to see things that others didn’t see and solve cases that others couldn’t solve.

You can be like Sherlock Holmes and develop your observation skills.

When you make observations, make them accurate, specific and comparative.

  • Accurate: You see the world as it is, not how you wish it were.
  • Specific: Means we use very specific language to describe it.
  • Comparative: Not just, “Here’s an observation”, but “Here’s how it should be, how it could be, and how it was according to plan.”

If you practice that, (accurate, specific and comparative), then you’re going to develop your ‘Sherlock-Holmes-Seeing’ skills.

That will take you on the first step on the Ladder of Leadership and the first step toward being an expert in your field.


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