We recently added this amazing new guy to our home. He’s a former eventer and very good at his job! However, he has an injury which makes him no longer sound for big events. This isn’t easy for him or anyone I am sure!
He is having to learn this new life and in a new place. No one told him that he’d have to find a new home and like it there! Now don’t get me wrong we are a great home! He has lots of sun, grass and hay. He can go in and out and do what he’d like, however this is still a new place with new people and new rules.
You see there is this one horse whose the boss, she’s kind of an old maid who tells everyone else what to do, and a young one who just wants to play and another boy, but he’s also new.
If you can imagine this is how alot of us feel when we start someplace new. The rules are new both spoken and unspoken. We have to learn how to navigate those, but we have the benefit of being able to ask questions and talk. Horses do not! So what would happen if you couldn’t ask those questions? Or if everyone spoke a different language?
As leaders it’s our job to make sure that everyone understands the rules and the expectations. I read something recently where a leader said she had a team member who would go MIA on SLACK for long periods of time during the day. He’s getting his work done but she wants him available during the day. In his previous job he may have had that flexibility and is thinking this is the same.
By not saying anything we are treating him as if he can’t speak the language. By simply expressing our expectations and talking about what we need will help everyone.
Let’s make sure that we are all communicating the same to help both our new and existing team members. Say Hi to our newest Team member Slick! AKA #slickwilly