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INSIGHT: Course Corrections?

Peter Nicholson

Foresight Prep Diary 6*: Knowing When To Step In . . . and Out
My way is the best way. Too often bosses aspire to be more essential, rather than less. If my staff is empowered and capable, I should be largely irrelevant. Sustainability professionals who relish becoming indispensable, as I’ve often observed, will get us nowhere in the long run. Nor will butting in and prematurely solving problems. Maintaining Foresight’s quality control is important to me, as is the excellence of my teaching. I’m currently overseeing an educational program though, not leading it. Areas for improvement are easy to identify when you’re not in the middle of the situation. More difficult is developing the capacity to see them, analyze their potential potency, and step back and trust the abilities of those involved to navigate them. If someone had constantly sought to divert me from the edges of disaster with which I’ve flirted, I would have never learned to proactively recognize and avoid (most of) them. My natural inclination is to solve everything, for everyone, preferably before it happens. I need to work for greater irrelevancy, supporting others rather than responding to the impulse to feel ever more important which, in the long run, will just make me less so.