It was a new organization, a new unit in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and someone—in his infinite wisdom—put me in charge of it. One of my first tasks was to make some sort of sense of how to organize the 55 members of the loosely defined group into an arrangement that would divide the work in a relatively sensible way and allow for an efficient and effective flow of communication.
I had some specific ideas. In fact, I had a clear picture of what I thought would work.
Yet I paused when deciding how to proceed. And instead of announcing my plan and telling everyone to get in line, I chose a different path.