Do you feel that you are attending far too many meetings which do not lead to anything but keep you from doing your real work? Do you often respond to ‘urgent & important’ email requests that seem to be forgotten by the requester the next day? Do you regularly see people browsing Facebook or checking the stock market while you are working your ass off?
If you have answered all three questions with ‘yes’, you are not alone. This does not mean you should not be worried. In fact you should be worried a lot because obviously your company could be so much more effective.
When I transitioned from a senior management position in a multinational company to self-employment, I was initially horrified by the thought that I would have to do everything myself. No assistant would schedule appointments, arrange business trips, or prepare presentations. No one else would take care of the work that I am less qualified for. And I would not be able to delegate the tasks which I just don’t like either.
“How much time would I have to spend on the stuff that is just not that important (or fun) but which would have to be done anyway?” I wondered.
Not as much as I thought! Soon I realized that I was actually much more effective in my one-man-show than I had been in my corporate job with more resources. Yes, I had to take care of tasks which I had never done before. But suddenly I did not waste many hours a week in meetings of questionable value. I did not have to manage a flood of useless emails. And guess what: my engagement survey says I am 100% engaged. Everyday. For one thing, I have found my dream job, and I absolutely love what I’m doing. But I am also very well aware that if I don’t get things done, nobody else will get them done for me. Whilst my corporate job was like working on an aircraft carrier, I seem to be more on a speed boat these days.
Back to you. And to your company.
Be honest: how many meetings that you attend per week are actually a waste of time for you and for others? How many people in your organization would not be missed if they didn’t show up for work one day? Employee engagement surveys speak a clear language these days. And whilst you should do everything you can as a leader to create an engaging work environment, you also have to accept the fact that many people will never ever be fully engaged simply because they are in the wrong job.
Take a moment between your many meetings and emails and think about this: how can you bring some of the agility of a speed boat to your aircraft carrier? In other words: how effective could your organization really be if you operated more like a one-man-show? Perhaps it’s time to have less meetings and kick out the disengaged.
If you would like an individual consultation on how you can lead your organization to be more effective, contact me now:
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