Do Things as Collaborative Leaders do: Follow the Rule of 6 and 1

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If you are a leader of a company, you are the one who is supposed to guard the company, the team, and the projects your company is working on. Probably you are the person that knows what is best for your company.

For example, when someone mentions Steve Jobs, you automatically think of the person who knew what decisions are the best for Apple. Or when you think of Jeff Bezos, you know that he knows what is best for Amazon. Think of Elon Musk and you know that he is the one who knows what is best for his own companies Tesla and SpaceX.


Therefore, you are the decision-maker and your team relies on you, so you better be making good decisions.

Therefore, you are the decision-maker and your team relies on you, so you better be making good decisions.

To be a good decision maker, you should follow Ron Howard’s words, and practice the Six and One rule on a daily basis.

The Oscar-winning director in his MasterClass series says that the directors ‘’dream’’ the movie they are producing.

And matter if there is only one person or hundreds of people involved, at the end of the day the director’s vision, taste and decisions are the ones that define the path of production and therefore the final result. The film it’s something that they created and nurtured, meaning it is their baby.

As Howard says, "If you try to enforce that too rigidly, you're losing all the spontaneity and that sort of organic creativity that the people around you have to offer. Coming to that understanding was the beginning of a rule that I just simply call the six of one rule: Six of one, half a dozen of another."

So, how does the six and one rule work?

The directors are responsible for a team of actors, designers, and writers. The composers and cinematographers are also included in this team. And your job as the director and, also a storyteller is to guard the story. Along the way, people come up with suggestions. These people are the kind of people who earned their respect by being talented and when they come to you with a suggestion, you better let that person use their own choice.

And, that is the six and one rule.



You might ask yourself, why?

First of all, you instantly let that person more deeply into the project.

We all tend to care more for things we feel as "ours." We might not be in charge but our voice is heard and the suggestions we give are followed. And when our judgment is valued, we feel acknowledged because, simply, we are creatures like that.

The ones that have the best ideas, are the ones you let them be engaged in the project. If you tend to disregard their idea without even giving it a second thought, you will see how quickly they will disengage.

Second of all, this way you will build a better relationship with that person, and the trust will grow deeper roots.

As Howard says:

In fact, they like it [when you say no]. It's liberating because then they don't have to edit their ideas with a sort of, [gosh] forbid he uses it and it doesn't work. That's gone. That's no longer in the mix.

Instead, they're free to have this dialogue going with you, and they're excited about the fact that you can edit: That you can exercise the responsibility you have to make those choices.

Meaning, people easily accept when you say no when you’re prone to saying yes.

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