Just started reading Robert Sutton’s latest book, Good Boss, Bad Boss. Early on, he relays a lesson learned from former LA Dodgers coach Tommy Lasorda who said, “I believe managing is like holding a dove in your hand. If you hold it too tightly, you kill it, but if you hold it too loosely, you lose it.”
Thoughts, Joe and Wanda?
Joe Kerr: Finally, a quote from someone that I can relate to and respect. I’ve been coaching my heart out for decades. I know when to prop my team up and when to cuss them out, when to lean on them, and when to let them fly on their own. Well said Tommy.
Wanda B. Goode: I agree with coach Lasorda. It can be a delicate balance. Either extreme is not good. Too much micromanagement stifles team members, while ignoring them causes a whole slew of problems. Management is a balance. There are times to teach, times to cheer on, and times to discipline.
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