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The Leadership Principle: Stir

By Doug Franklin July 6, 2010

I love the coffee at McDonalds. The only problem is when I order it with 4 creams and 4 Splenda they never stir the cup before they hand it to me. This requires me to try and jiggle the cup without spilling, while driving out of the McDonalds parking lot. I end up with a cup of coffee that’s dribbling on the seat and still doesn’t taste right.

Leaders need to stir their organizations or they too will become settled and bland. We need to have a rotation week where everyone does someone else’s job. Job rotation strengthens teams and allows everyone to experience what other team members are going through. Understanding is one benefit but another is the new ideas that will come from this experience. Teammates will see how their jobs intersect with others and new ways of doing tasks will be found. High performance teams know each other’s roles and can do more than just their job. Job rotation is a powerful tool to use in order to stir things up.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More