I recently tried to teach my daughter to ride a bike the way my dad taught me.
He ran behind me on the street holding on to the bike while I screamed at him not to let go. I kept screaming until I realized he was 50 metres adrift of me and I was truly on my own. That’s when I crashed.
Didn’t work with my daughter either. So I Googled “How to learn to ride a bike without training wheels” and I learned something incredibly valuable.
Don’t hold on in the first place.
Let your kid glide down a gentle slope with the seat as low as possible, feet skimming the ground so she can learn to balance on her terms. Two days later she did this:
That got me thinking about the way you mentor people within your company to grow as professionals.
You really have to let them find out how to balance on their own. While you record it for posterity. And YouTube.