The truck beside me in the intersection had a big sign on the side…Sit Means Sit.
It was a dog-training company.
Immediately, I thought about some of the folks we all have to manage at work and in our personal lives. When some people are given instructions, they want to know the What? Why? Who? Where? When? How? and How Much?
Think all 9 year-olds and lots of adults.
Often, we simply want to be able to say, “Sit means sit.” Just do it. Asking questions about every little instruction slows things down.
Unfortunately—or, fortunately, depending on the situation—we are better served by understanding enough about the other person to know that if they want more details we better give them something.
Now…we live in such a vortex of political correctness that some readers immediately had the thought, “I can’t believe you’d think of using a dog-training technique for managing people!”
Chill out, the most creative people I know find great ideas everywhere.