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When you do nothing it leads to the best somethings

Today you will hear someone pose a problem.
Immediately, a solution may jump to mind.
It might be a good solution, too.
A solution you know will work – tried and true.
Maybe even the best solution.

Today, when the moment comes, do nothing.
Be silent and still.
If you’re able, raise an eyebrow: “What do you think?”
If not, simply smile, and wait.

Others might stare at you, expecting you to respond.
It’s okay, they’ll get the hint.

When you do nothing, you might get a great something.
New ideas, perspectives, and new people stepping up to bat.
Sometimes people just need a nudge.
Aren’t those the best somethings?

What do you have to lose?
You can try this “do-nothing management” approach anytime you like.
You always have the option to fall back to doing something.

Give it a try, and let me know what happens.


About Marcus Blankenship

Where other technical coaches focus on process or tools, I focus on the human aspects of your Programmer to Manager transition. I help you hire the right people, create the right culture, and setup the right process which achieves your goals. Managing your team isn't something you learned in college. In fact, my clients often tell me "I never prepared for this role, I always focused on doing the work". If you're ready to improve your leadership, process and team, find out how I can help you.

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