If I ignore it, it will go away


Weird lumps don’t go away when ignored. They grow.

Opossums playing dead don’t deter an approaching automobile.

Leaders hoping their people and culture problems will solve themselves? What do you think?

When I start coaching a leader I usually hear some variation of the “if I ignore it, it will go away” hope/failed tactic. Also, “I’m too busy/tired/worn down to do anything but give up.” Often managers will add, “It’s just easier to do it myself.” That means your people have trained you well. You’re now doing their work for them.

What’s an important challenge you’re ignoring? Has it gone away yet?

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