Leadership Nudge™ 169 – Sit in Their Seat

September 6, 2017by Sandy Wilmer

A while back, I sent a nudge where I talked about putting one of your people in your seat, but, it also works the other way around, and it’s very powerful.

So, do this:

Schedule time, at least an hour, to take the place of one of your people and really do their job. (Code, schedule, plan, operate… whatever it is they do.)

A recent studya showed that one of the most powerful determinants in worker happiness was whether the boss understood the worker’s job well enough to do it themselves.

This works for a number of reasons:

  1. You understand their problem.
  2. You demonstrate that their job is important, and certainly not beneath you.
  3. You train your brain to have empathy for them.

Artz B, Goodall AH, Oswald AJ (2014) Boss competence and worker well-being, working paper

Sandy Wilmer

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