Weight matters, management coach discovers

Until yesterday, I'd not given much thought to small planes and balancing the weight of fuel, passengers and freight. Yesterday I was asked to shift from the middle of the plane to the rear back row and two other passengers, also in the middle of the plane, were reallocated in the same area. When I enquired why we needed to shift the flight attendant said it was to help trim the plane – they needed more people at the end of the plane to balance things up. For some strange reason it made me think about organisations and being in them. How often do we stop and consider: are we pulling our weight? are we being carried by others? are we punching above or below our weight?