Are You a Leader, a Tour Guide or a Warden? — 3 Comments

  1. Tom,

    You forgot one key category of the disengaged – the Sophisticates. These are folks who, if they had one of those cartoon dialogue bubbles above their heads it would read something, “I already know this stuff,” or “I should have her job.”

    When Sophisticates do speak, they will often start with something like, “Well, Tom, in my experience…”

    What I’ve learned is that when I treat everyone as an “achiever” and expect such achievements from them, most people will in fact begin to act more like achievers.

    Sophisticated either believe they already know it all and have nothing more to learn or, more likely, are afraid to show that they still have plenty to learn and need to grow as much – or more – than anyone. Whether it is developmental arrogance or fear, the also present an uphill battle.

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