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My Team Doesn't Have to Tell Me Where They Go

Written By: Lauren Howard



My team doesn’t have to tell me where they go throughout the day.


If their job is done and they don’t miss important things, I don’t care.


You know what the end result of that is?


I know where they are ALL the time.


Why?


Because they tell me.


“Playing hooky this afternoon to see my nephew. Text me if you need me.”


“I’ll be out for lunch after a doctor’s appointment. I’ll check up on things afterward.“


“Ummmm I’m going to be out of the office for the next hour because my husband just texted me that there are cronut-ish things at the bakery we love, and I need to go get one.”


“Going to rest my eyes because I have a screen headache.”


I have gotten versions of all of those from people who work for or with me.


They know it’s fine to be a human, and so they don’t worry about, like, being humans.


And even though my instinct is to keep all-the-stuff to myself, I tell them when I need to bounce out or take some time off too.


Why?


Because if I do it, it’s okay for them to do it too.


My goal isn't to be able to track them everywhere. I don’t care where they go or what they do. But the end result of treating them like adults is that they show up like adults and full, authentic humans.


And I couldn’t ask for anything better.


Go get a cronut.


 

Founder & CEO at elletwo



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