Time Out – Leading From Behind

So recently I recommenced my regular walks around the savannah. The first outing was memorable, as I once again familiarised myself with who trains where and who limes on which bench, some things don’t change, even as time rolls on. I thought that I was doing an acceptable timing, until I got to the stretch with Whitehall and became conscious of the presence of an elderly man on my heels. I was determined that he would not pass me. So I sped up, he sped up. I slowed down, he was abreast with me. I thought “Crap, what a nuisance.” So I set a pace that kept me a decent length ahead of him. As we hit the stretch with the US Embassy and I began to think to myself that I would need to start jogging soon, if I really wanted to increase the distance between us, I heard a voice say – “Thank you for pacing me home.”

As I swung around, there was my “walking companion” with a pleasant smile on his face, waving to me as he entered his car. And all of a sudden I was also thankful for him, by his silent presence, forcing me to complete my lap, in a faster time than I would have done, if left to my own device.

Take a Time Out, look around your office. Which of your staff members lead from behind? Are they leading in the direction that you want the organisation to go?

Judy Joseph Mc Sween is the Business Intuitive/CEO of Meredith Mc Sween International – using Untapped Knowledge to facilitate internal transformation in individuals, teams and organisations. Contact Judy for information on her “Time Out Corporate Interventions” Email judy@meredithmcsween.com or call 684 9827

One thought on “Time Out – Leading From Behind

  1. Enjoyed the article – made me remenis about the pleasure of an early morning stretch and stroll around the Savannah. How lucky you are. Enjoy! All the best, Stephen

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