“Thank you for doing all the things I never told you to do.” Those words capture the leadership philosophy of the former LEGO CEO, Jorgen Vig Knudstorp. He believed you don’t “control” people to innovation and success. The leader’s job is to provide the context, the supporting environment, and the permission for people to offer their best.
Do your team members feel empowered to do stuff, to try things you’ve not told them to do? Or… are they cautious, reluctant, even scared to make an un-approved move? What one thing will you do this week to open your people up to operate at their creative and/or innovative best?