Don’t Ask Permission

Indicate your intent instead.  Simon Sinek tells the story of a top U.S. Navy submarine commander who made one very simple change–sharing intention instead of asking permission–to improve the performance of his ship and crew.

This subtle change is really important. It allows the employee/team member/crew member to take ownership and initiative and publicly declare their intent to accomplish a goal. It also doesn’t undermine the authority of the leader. The leader can, when appropriate, not agree to the intended action and provide the appropriate alternative.

I learned a similar version “UNODIR” (unless otherwise directed) from Richard Marcinko.

Takeaway: I intend to keep taking action, UNODIR.

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