Managing people requires different skills and tools for different situations.
There’s a time and a tool for everything and the challenge is to know what to use when.
See how a skilled carpenter gets things done with his tools.
Guiding individual performance
To put a nail into a wooden frame the carpenter will first place the sharp edge of the nail on the board and gently tap it a few times on the head allowing the point to embed itself. Then the carpenter begins to strike the nail firmly but holding the nail with his fingers so that it may not slip or bend. The final hammer blows require no hand holding; firm hard strikes will drive the nail in.
Team work and reinforcement
If the carpenter feels that the wooden frame will require more than one nail to hold it together he will drive in two more nails for reinforcement.
Reviewing and course correction
If a nail bends due to the hardness of the wood, the carpenter uses a pair of pliers to pull out the nail and then he straightens it with the hammer before reinserting it.
This time around he will hammer the nail in, slower than before.
Leading in challenging situations
When a nail has to go through a wall the carpenter will not drive it in right away, aware that the concrete in the wall will destroy the nail. He first drills a hole into the wall and then places a wooden plug inside the hole before hammering in the nail easily!
No carpenter will use a hammer for a screw and a screwdriver for a nail. There’s an appropriate tool and method for each situation. Likewise, effective managers will communicate appropriately and adequately with different people in different situations.