Minimising the Urgent in Your Leadership
Getting to the urgent is what matters. Almost nothing should be urgent in the work a leader does. Yet so often, we are driven away from the important to what seems to be urgent.
There are three 'urgents'
- Crises - with a modest investment of time, these can be reduced to a trickle
- Other people's urgent - saying 'no' to some and 'yes' to others (who offer help), will reduce these to a minimum
- Your choices - when you do unproductive work, this is not important, so yes, you can stop
The WRAP on Decision Making
Review Time for Leaders
As leaders, our lives are busy enough. The work comes at us in an ever-increasing flow and it’s easy to take our eye off the ball. In fact, it’s quite surprising how we can gradually, day-by-day, month-by-month, change our behaviours in an attempt to avoid being swamped by ‘stuff’.
Such that we lose sight of what we are really there to do, which is lead our people in a kind, supportive and developing way, as well as deliver the bottom lines demanded of us.
Time to see where we are making – and…
Jump, But Only When Ready
She watched him holding his hands out to her as he wavered on the top of the tree stump. He wanted to jump. He’d seen his brother jump. Although younger, he was tempted and yet too afraid to take the plunge to the forest floor below. That two-foot-high tree stump looks a lot higher when you are three years old.
His older brother was urging him on, teasing him to jump, just as he had done himself, and yet the smaller child wavered. Tiny white-knuckled fists gripped his mother’s fingers tightly, …