Learning to Swim
Supervisors often remind me of swimmers. Some are graceful and glide through the water with seemingly little effort. Others will eventually get to their destination but only with much splashing and some swallowed water. Still others require a life jacket until they have improved.
This image is reinforced by the fact that so many new supervisors are tossed into the water with little or no instruction. They may occasionally hear a tip from the shore but they have to learn quickly lest they sink or fall prey to creatures of the deep. It is a hard school and I am amazed at how many organizations believe this is a good way to produce good swimmers.