Do you remember your first junior high dance? For some it was great fun. For others, it was a moment to cling tight to the wall. And for some, it was a time to make up an excuse to get out of there as quickly as possible and say… “My parents are picking me up early”; even though they were not. Comfort, curiosity, discomfort all rolled into one frenzy of adolescents. As managers, it’s a good idea to ask ourselves…When was the last time I got on the dance floor? What drew me on to the floor? What kept me away?
Managers are often told to practice Management By Walking Around (MBWA) . Described as ” the habit of stopping by to talk with people face to face, get a sense of how they think things are going, and listen to whatever may be on their minds.” If you follow this approach are you truly on the dance floor? Or are you just going through the motions? [Read more…]