Sometimes we tend to keep our leaders at arm's length. We have gained a certain cynicism from our experience with stereotypically bad managers. What if we were to ask our leaders directly how they view their jobs. What are they thinking? What are their intentions? Perhaps by knowing more, we can gain better appreciation for what they do and participate in their work in better ways.
"What was she thinking when she wrote
this terrible code?"
"This feature is taking way too long to
"These priorities are totally arbitrary."
"How hard is it to write code that doesn't
throw an exception?"
"Hurry up and get to our ELK
Kubernetes shipper tentacle! What's
taking so long?"
"Doesn't he have some beans to count
so we can get back to the real work?"
“She doesn’t seem committed to giving
her full eﬀort.”
"There must have been a good reason
for this code."
"This feature is complicated. It has been
challenging to get right."
"Thanks for sharing with me the
discovery experience. Let's work on
"I know there's a lot on the
implementation checklist. May I help you
"I know you're dealing with a lot of
moving targets right now. I'll try to be
"What is my leader's good intent in
asking me this question?"
"She's usually on her game. I wonder
how I can help."
"Mans desires are limited by
his perceptions; none can
desire what he has not
“Your leader owes
you a conversation.”
got their back
"I want to feel like we
could come and sit by
each other at each
others’ desk any time"
care a lot
"that emotion and intent
behind it is really powerful"
care personally for us
"easy to think
create a vision
“hard to go out on a limb… on your own”
"It always feels like it takes so long
if you're not the one doing the work."
are advocates for us
bring us together
"push them out the door; get out of
the house; check out the back yard"
encourage our autonomy
"remember to take
time [for yourself]"
coach us to grow
“be in line with the org, but
[have a] local culture”
evolve with purpose
"the work will get done; I care most
about the culture"
care about the culture
"Dwell in possibility"