“Well, you can’t never let anything happen to him. then nothing would ever happen to him. Not much fun for little Harpo.”
Marlin: What is going on?!
Dory: I'll check! Waaaaaaaaaa...
Marlin: No, no more whale, you can't speak whale!
Marlin: No, you can't! You think you could do these things, but you can't, Nemo! [stops and gasps]
Dory: Okay! [lets go]
Marlin: Dory! [grabs her]
Dory: He says, "It's time to let go". Everything's going to be all right.
Marlin: How do you know, how do you know something bad isn't gonna happen?!
Dory: I don't!
This scene in Finding Nemo makes a great point... sometimes we hold on so tight that we are actually holding others back. We make a lot of assumptions on the qualifications of others, and some may be bang on, but what about the assumptions that aren't? How much potential are we missing within our organizations by never letting go enough for our employees to fly?
Perfect example. finding Nemo. As soon as Nemo had to survive on his own, all of the things he was told he couldn't do, turned out that he could. He was brave and strong and confident.
No one likes to be smothered, either by their parents, co-workers or boss. It takes all of the creativety and sense of "self" out of the career and turns it into a mere job. So take a good, long look at how you are managing.... Are you Marlin-ing your staff?