Question: What advice do you have to manage your own work and that of your team?
Yes, as leaders we are responsible for ours and the team’s performance. However, I’m not sure our job is to manage both.
I believe my job is not to manage other people’s work, but to manage priorities.
I have learned to trust people can manage themselves. All they need is a set of guidelines directly connected to the priorities I set for the team.
Priorities can be daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly. Regardless of the time line, people manage themselves according to those priorities.
How to manage priorities?
I borrow this idea from John Maxwell. Think about the 3 P’s:
- Private Time
- Production Time
- People Time
Every time I catch myself or the team working on unrelated items or falling behind on certain tasks, it all started with my lack of time spent in private. I have a tendency to act and do; but I still need to have an idea of what are the rights things to be doing.
My suggestion, take 15-30 minutes daily to sharpen your saw.
This is all about doing the right things. And when it comes to leading, the right thing is to make sure everyone on the team, including ourselves, is spending 80% of their time doing the things they do best in relation to the strategies defined during our private time.
Take time to find your and your team members’ strengths and work towards the 80%.
Work is better when fun comes with it. And fun is always better with people we care about. In the words of Dan Rockwell, “you can’t lead people you don’t know and understand.”
Getting to know your teammates helps guide your private and production time.
What do you think? How are you managing your’s and the team’s workload?