Caught up with Rocky today for a coffee on our State’s religious holiday. Turns out Rocky has a new plaything – a team of 4 innocent minds to mess with. Should be fun. In the course of the conversation Rocky had course to suggest something that I needed to do and so I responded with a deft “I am lazy therefore you better do it” manoeuvre. And that got me to thinking about laziness and viability.
One of the noob mistakes of the proto-leader is that you start out thinking your job is to make everyone else’s life easier by making yours harder – “take one for the team”, “clean up their mess” or “solve their problems”. The Captain thinks every time you do something like that you choose a non-viable future for both yourself and your team.
Each time an instance arises that you ‘could’ get involved – be lazy and ask the people involved to sort it out for themselves (that’s the lazy bit) – but also say that whatever they choose they should put that response up a ‘policy’ level response for anyone else in the group from this point forward. And they have to get the groups agreement that its a policy level response or its not going anywhere. Turns out that’s the viable bit. One person hit a snag and now we all know what to do if it happens again. Its also a Kantian response – “act such it was universal”. Its a leader response that creates group responsiveness.
Rocky got my drift. I didn’t have time to add the rule of 7 to the lazy viability gig. Each time your group creates a policy level response then it should also consider removing an earlier one. I mean like acorns do not just accumulate under trees do they? The old ones rot away and only the recent ones are OK to eat. Once again its viable to be lazy. You should be able to remember ALL your group policies. How many is too many? Try 7 plus or minus 2. I know Moses claimed to have 10 but almost no-one remembers the last 2-3. Hell even I have trouble with this last name of Snow White’s dwarves.
And once your group gets the taste of lazy viability then when you try to delegate a task to them to do guess what they say – “why don’t you find a solution and give it to us a policy?” Damn lazy team.