How to Support the Otto on Your Project Team

I recently watched A Man Called Otto starring Tom Hanks, Mariana Treviño, and Rachel Keller. I cried. A lot. In addition to the emotional story, A Man Called Otto reminded me that we’ve all had “Ottos” on our project teams. In How to Support the Otto on Your Project Teams | Foundations Friday #97, I discuss 5 traits Ottos displays and we can leverage them and support the human behind the gruff and direct personality that Otto displays.

How to value and support our “Otto”:


First, we feel the directness of their comments

Additionally, they are very objective

Moreover, they may be gruff

Also, he or she is meticulous

Lastly, we see great efficiency

How we support:

We do our own ego check on the feedback

We can value their boldness

Be the one that asks how we can help

Let’s plan to leverage this attention to detail

This is an opportunity for knowledge transfer

Thank you for reading here and for listening to How to Support the Otto on Your Project Teams | Foundations Friday #97. I highly recommend this movie. It not only entertains, but it touches our emotions and provides perspective in a powerful way. Otto also reminded me that we don’t know everyone’s story, so we shouldn’t make assumptions.

Godspeed ya’ll,


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