It’s incredible to me how many mid-level or senior managers don’t get this statement:
“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”–Jack Welch
Certainly not roping all leaders into this statement. It is sad more often than not that managers become self-involved and forget it’s the team that wins!
If you find yourself in a senior management position, take ego out of the equation. Surround yourself with a team that fills gaps in your own shortcomings. Smart managers through the ages have surrounded themselves with people smarter than themselves. Allowed those individuals to do what they do best.
Many managers will not do this in fear of their own job. This is a big mistake. When your team shines you shine as the coach. Get fear out of your head!
Surround yourself with world-class people and let them do the job you hired them to do. Inspire, delegate, and set expectations. Pretty simple!
When we think about what it is that we’re currently working on. Is it activity or productivity? Can we even decern the difference?
Too many folks confuse activity with productivity. Big difference between the two. Busy work is just that busy work. Rarely will that yield any sort of measurable progress.
How can we decern the difference?
- Set measurable goals for the day. Plan out a few key things to get done the night before and focus solely on those tasks until complete.
- Don’t allow outside distractions deter from the task at hand. Turn off the cell phone, email, and shut your office door, be out of pocket for this time.
- Organize the day the night before. Say from 9AM to 9:30AM I will complete this task and so on. Don’t stop until it’s done. When done move on to mission 2.
- Don’t allow yourself to get distracted daydreaming. Focus on the task-at-hand.
Just because you think your busy does not mean you’re getting anything done. The foregoing sets clear benchmarks to achieve daily. This is the best way to assure results.
If you’re a team leader or manager. Set clear tasks in the same manner.
With just a couple of changes to your day, amazing progress can be made to propel you forward. Godspeed!