The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, a Leadership Perspective 4 of 15

The Law of Reflection – Learning to Pause Allows Growth to Catch Up with You

In Jason Fried’s talk about “Why work doesn’t happen at work” he blames it on what he refers to as the M&Ms.  Managers and meetings.

From Jason’s perspective managers are around to make sure people are doing their work.  The majority of managers do this by quick stops at someone’s desk or office, or by scheduling meetings.  On the other hand, meetings are events that are scheduled at, seemingly, inopportune times and which we can’t avoid.

So the M&Ms are always there to interrupt our thinking time.

Law #4 of the 21 irrefutable laws of leadership, the law of navigation, states that anyone can steer the ship but only a leader charts the course.  A leader is accountable and responsible for setting the vision of the team, anticipate barriers, find resources, develop talent, and ensure the ship stays in route.  The only way to ensure this plan is properly developed is by reflecting.

If we spend our time focused on putting out fires, attending meetings, and solving problems, when exactly are we going to be able to develop our strategy and chart the course?

Spend some time reflecting about the moments when solutions came to you.  Is it in the car while driving to/from work? A chair in the corner of the room? The shower? Just before going to bed? Walking at the park? Running? Notice how all these places have 2 things in common.  There are no managers and no meetings.  These are times in which we are alone and no interruptions are present.

This is the power of the law of reflection. Español


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