Parking Brake

The oven was heating up. The pots were simmering. Shoot, I needed onion to complete dinner. I jumped into my son’s car headed for the grocery store.

As I backed out of the driveway I noticed the car resisting.

When I put the car into drive, the same thing. As I pushed on the gas I was met with more friction and drag.

I was annoyed.

I immediately criticized the vehicle for its poor performance. I was upset because I thought the car needed repair or worse, we would need to buy a new car.

And then I noticed it. The parking brake was on. 🤦‍♂️

Once I released the parking brake the car was able to perform to its optimal level. And I got my onion and saved dinner 😉

More times than not, organizations think their people need to be fixed, when in fact what they need is for their leaders to release the parking brake they’ve put on their people.

How many parking brakes need to be released on your team? Inside your organization?