Remembering your past
Leaders in an organization are always looking forward. Watching for changes in the industry they represent, or the market they serve. They try to stay one-step ahead of everyone else in the business to maintain the competitive advantage they fought so hard to achieve. Occasionally leaders will allow themselves a moment of reflection to ensure they have maintained the VECTOR (see what I did there?) which will allow future opportunity. One of the consequences is we quite often become so proficient in what we do we forget what it was like to learn it.
Then along comes a follower who is new to the industry and company and we assume they know how to go about their daily duties without guidance and direction because what they are supposed to be doing is “so basic” in our eyes. We forget the day we first walked onto the job and what everyone else thought was “so basic” was quite frankly just short of rocket science to us. What were our anxieties, what were we looking for in our leadership in those few short weeks after coming on board? There were many technical aspects of our industry we had to learn on the job and somewhere, someone took the time and energy to coach teach and mentor us.
So the next time you see a “newbie” walking around like he/she is lost, remember, they probably are lost, as you once were, and they need a positive hand to help guide them through the day. Be that hand.