Whether it was to save gas or because it was beautiful outside, I decided to ride my trusty beach cruiser downtown to do an errand. I peddled briskly and directly to my place of business, straightened out a billing error and then returned to my bike. I unlocked it from the rack and thought to myself, it is too nice to rush back home. It occurred to me that if I peddle slow enough down Main Street, I bet I will run into someone I know.
I was now 90% of the distance down Main Street and saw a couple of folks I sort of knew. Seeing the end, I slowed down even more and then it happened – a now retired colleague was walking down the street with his daughter, son-in-law and grandchild. Gary was a knowledgeable, professional, trusted, people-person that I had not seen in years. He does not live anywhere near where we were and said he was visiting on a whim based on his daughter’s invitation that morning.
This was a great reminder to all leaders that we lead people. We need to slow down every once in a while to make sure we are connecting and have real relationships.
Have you ever surprised yourself of the value of “taking time” to touch base with your team?