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May 13, 2013

Leaders: this is what a bear pit session looks like

A message to leaders.

Want to find out what is REALLY going on in your organization?

Venture into “The Pit”.


A bear pit session is managing by wandering around on steroids.

It is not formal event, but a casual meeting between the leader and a group of up to 12 employees (larger meetings generally stifle the flow of conversation and the ability for everyone to be heard).

It’s a fundamental element of leadership by serving around where the leader seeks feedback on improvements required to increase organizational performance and make things easier for employees.

When the leader ventures into the pit, they do so without their entourage; it is a free-for-all, no-format session.

An opportunity for people to “tell it like it is” to the leader without their immediate boss being in the room.

What’s working and what’s not.

— How the strategy of the organization is being executed.

— How effective leadership is at helping them do their jobs better.

— The barriers in the organization that prevent them from doing their jobs the way they want to.

— The ridiculous way customers are treated and the dumb rules that do nothing but enrage them.

I had a pit session organized every week on my calendar.

I made it a priority; it mattered.

It was one of the most important drivers of my effectiveness as a leader.

Try it.

You’ll like it (or not).


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  • Posted 5.13.13 at 06:23 am by Roy Osing
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