Friday, August 12, 2016

Try something!

"It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit frankly and try another. But above all, try something." FDR

"Try something!" Franklin Roosevelt said. In the scope of leadership styles, on many difficult and uncertain occasions, he was the supreme delegator. And, he was imprecise. In his broad-stroke envisioning, he was famous for his tolerance for ambiguity.

Among those that practice this style with aplomb, and Roosevelt was certainly one, you can expect:
  • A good deal of trust flows down (but, never break that trust!)
  • Ceremony is minimum -- you may hear about it from the grapevine, and for the one who is the "paper at the bottom of the birdcage", 
  • There is no help coming from above!
But FDR added two more:
  • Fuzziness and ambiguity in the scope of delegated responsibilities, and 
  • Competition among the delegees for turf. 
 His thought: empower more than one and let the best rise to the top!

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