As I’m writing this article, we’re closing out the first year of Covid-19; deep into February 2021. We had such high hopes for change by now. But schools are still closed to some degree or another. Expectations of vaccine efficacy have been questioned. The one-two shot was supposed to get us back to some kind of normal within a month or two. Well, Anthony Fauci is now predicting the Fall of 2021.
In a recent blog post, I had the pleasure of introducing you to Col. Nicole Malachowski (USAF, retired), the first female fighter pilot in the Thunderbirds, who inspires the principle to “fly loose,” advising us leaders to resist the urge to micromanage when conditions start getting, shall we say, “off plan.”
For years, leadership has complained about performance reviews; how torturous they are for all concerned. You already know the complaints – you’ve probably made them yourself: Everyone dreads them – they’re horribly stressful for leaders and their direct reports alike.
It’s often said that the best place to make powerful contacts and to learn valuable things is in the first class cabin of a long-haul flight – ideally across at least one or two oceans. But I’m here to tell you that ground transportation can be even better. The ride may be shorter, but it’s certainly cheaper.