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

Leadership Nudge™ – Ditch the List

One practice that tempts us as leaders is to keep lists of tasks for the people who work for us. “To-do Lists”.

This is tempting because we can keep track and we can check up on them, but you’re actually poaching ownership of their jobs. At that point, you own their jobs, not them.

So, here’s your nudge: Throw out the list.

You can keep a list for yourself. The team can keep a list for themselves on a kanban board. You can keep a list for your boss.

As much as possible, try not to keep a list for the people who work for you.

Let them own their jobs.


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