Ep161: Giving Space for Brilliance

24 minutes

The phrase “means and methods” might not mean a lot to you, but it can make all the difference in both employee satisfaction, and the success of your business. Which is why we want to talk about it.

Why is that important for business? 

In the world of architecture, or at least the world of Jodi’s experience of architecture, Means & Methods is the term used to talk about the outcome of a project without outlining the methods for achieving that outcome. Like a game of Taboo, you can describe the window without specifying the window. In this way, the destination is the architect’s domain, but the journey is for someone else. There is a clear litmus test for the desired outcome and a project schedule, but the means and methods aren’t delineated. 

When leaders are frustrated that their team aren’t innovative or don’t have a sense of ownership over outcomes, it is usually because they are not following a Means & Methods approach. They think they are setting expectations, but often they are really telling people exactly how to do the project. And in that message is another message – you are not required to think here. They are inadvertently training people to look for guidance at every step instead of setting up an expectation for the outcome and giving freedom with the means and methods of getting there.  

This constricting of space to work increases turnover and job dissatisfaction (in Daniel Pink’s Drive https://www.danpink.com/drive./, he talks about autonomy being one of the three elements of employee satisfaction). But it also makes leaders frustrated and less effectual. If a leader tries to manage someone at something that person is better at, they are depriving their organization of that expertise. If you’ve hired well (and you should assume you did), your team might have a better way than you do, or might get further than you could. You can’t leverage people if you don’t give them space to bring their brain to the table. 

Instead of trying to solve problems for other people, it’s much easier to invoke Means & Methods to solve the problem. Taking that pressure off the leader will do wonders for the organization and for everyone’s mental health. 

What story do you want to tell?

So, that's our story... now, we want to hear yours!

Pull up a chair and join the conversation in our Facebook Group: bit.ly/shmsgroup

OR... 

Shoot us an email: talktous@soheresmystory.com

Connect with @SHMSpodcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/shmspodcast 

Text the word STORY to 345345 to get access to bonus content and weekly episode delivery.

Want to support us?

Love this podcast?

Please tell your friends, post about us, or take a moment to review us & subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to the podcast!

More episodes from So, Here's My Story...

Ep 226: Organizational Depressive State

Is your business in a rut? Is everyone showing up with “Non-Player Characters” energy? When you have an Organizational Depressive State, it can be hard to get out of it – or can it be as …

Ep225: Hoarding and Hermione

How do you strike the balance between keeping things that you might not ever need, and getting rid of things that you might regret not having?

Why is that important for business? 

Having …

Ep224: Do You Expect to Be Heard?

Do you expect to be heard? Or do you just assume that how things are is how they have to be?

Why is that important for business? 

Do you have a say or a voice? Do you expect to be heard? If …

Ep223: Tight Glutes & Communicating Needs

Like all good lessons about asking for what you need in business, this lesson starts in a massage parlor. 

Why is that important for business? 

You need to be aware of your needs (in …

Ep222: Wrestling with Adversity

When you find out you are riding with the descendent of a nationally acclaimed blind wrestler, you know you’re in for some stories. And it turns out, we can turn those stories into some …

Ep221: Replay - The Art of Finishing Well

We don't talk about endings enough, especially not ending things well, with as much celebration as we began them. And that is exactly what this episode is about.

Why is that important for …

How you can listen to this podcast

You can listen to episodes right here on the website, or if you prefer, in a podcast app. Listening in an app makes it easier to keep track of what you’ve already heard, listen without using your data plan and many other conveniences.

Recommended apps
Start listening to Ep 226: Organizational Depressive State
27:57
Start listening to Ep 226: Organizational Depressive State
27:57