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Facing the Same or Opposite Directions

September 25th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips

Which way is your team facing? When? Why? Consider a few options.

If we are all facing the same direction…we can’t shake hands, that only happens when we face opposite directions. We can’t see what is sneaking up behind our colleague, again that only happens when we face opposite directions.

If we are facing opposite directions…we can’t move in the same direction, that only happens when we face the same direction. We can’t see a common threat approaching, again that only happens when we face the same direction.

Which way do we face? Which way do we have our team face? The team members seem to already know the answer: Each individual changes the direction each is facing often. The total affect is what the group needs. Too much direction from “the leader” often makes a mess of this.

What does the leader do? Ensure that the leader doesn’t make a mess of this.

Tags: General Systems Thinking · Group · Management

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