leadership dot #2306: for the birds

An eagle’s nest is an impressive site. It can weigh up to 200 pounds and is quite imposing up in a tree. But instead of causing awe, one eagle’s nest caused dismay to county officials who are insistent that a new road to the landfill be located in that precise location.

The plan is to relocate the nest so the chosen path can be cleared for the road. Relocating a nest has been done —  in 2014 in Texas — but that was due to the nest being located near high voltage power lines and not just for human convenience.

Before anyone can relocate or possess any part of a nest, they must obtain a permit from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The job in Texas involved 50 agencies and took two days. And yet the county still believes it is better to move the nest than to reroute the proposed road.

Sometimes organizations come across the equivalent of an eagle’s nest. While the job of the leader is usually to reduce barriers to allow people to complete a project as planned, it’s also worth evaluating whether boldly forging ahead is for the birds.

Thanks, Curt!


About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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