We were recently given a nice compliment from our awesome web guy, Drew. He said "you all are exceptional at letting me be exceptional." After a bit more discussion, Drew further defined it by explaining that often times clients get in their own way and decide to run projects rather than providing a vision and letting the expert, Drew in this case, do the right thing.
When we over-direct, we tell our vendors that we can do things better than them. In doing this, we do everyone a disservice. We turn these people into waiters (taking an order for the hamburger) instead of recognizing their strengths and letting them give us more than we could ask. Try this today, instead of telling your highly talented people what to do today, rely on their strengths and let them surprise you with something amazing.
When you start asking, instead of telling, great things can happen for both involved. We practice this and the benefits are amazing!
Me, taking the "strengths thing" too literally.