Imagine you’ve just come back to work after a two-week
vacation during which you actually relaxed, without calling in or checking
e-mail. You discover that there are no pressing issues and that, on the
contrary, your team scored a big new customer and fixed a nagging problem
during your absence. No red flags or fires to put out.
Sadly, this scenario is only a dream for most leaders. They
constantly check on what’s happening because they expect the worst (and usually
get it). But Keith Murnighan shows that not only is “do nothing” leadership
possible, it is also far more effective than doing too much.
Great leaders don’t work; they facilitate and orchestrate.
They think of great strategies and help others implement them. They spend their
time preparing for the future. They take a comprehensive view of their terrain
while also noticing key details so they can confidently choose the right forks
in the road.
In other words, great leaders don’t do anything—except
think, make key decisions, help people do their jobs better, and add a touch of
organizational control to make sure the final recipes come out okay. In sharp
contrast, most leaders are too busy actually working to do these things—and their
teams suffer as a result.
Do Nothing! offers
practical strategies and true stories that will show you how to set high
expectations for your team and watch it rise to the challenge. It will help you
establish a healthier culture by trusting people more than they expect to be
trusted. And it will help you overcome your natural tendencies toward
micromanagement so you can let people do their jobs—even when you know you
could do their jobs Download and start listening now!