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“Every action I take and every moment of time I spend has a specific purpose, and it feels really good.”
The thing about this comment as I’ve thought about it more is that I’m speaking about my current experience in context of my corporate experience over the previous nine years. And, when you read between the lines, what I am saying, at least indirectly, is that within the confines of a corporate job, there’s a lot of “work” done that feels like it’s without purpose.
In the past 8 months, I haven’t:
- Gone to meeting with no apparent agenda with people who don’t want to be there
- Shot off a series of emails or made any phone calls to cover my ass
- Spend hours creating reports that no one looks at or uses in any way
- Created a presentation to justify an obviously needed expense because it doesn’t fit in an outdated budget framework created months ago when circumstances where different
- Looked at a policy (or thought about if I’m allowed to do anything in particular)
In all this talk of coaching, teaching, feedback, we miss one critical piece : shaking people up. Sometimes, in all this goodie goodie talk, people get an overtly "egoistic" "all is well" feeling not just about themselves but the overall business as well. It is important that negative aspects are discussed with frankness and without judgement. Tough leaders must be prepared to have tough conversations.
For the first few years as a manager, I became a control freak. Then, a complete liberal. The results were complete disaster. I was focused more on my management rather my results. And only in my recent stint with Online courses on WizIQ, that I feel like the balance is coming.
P.S. I have also become better at spotting talent and bringing it on board.
P.S.2. Now need figure out how to now create the next generation leaders to take the team to next level.
Excellent point. I see this so often. In larger enterprises there are always a significant number of people that are either doing "busy work" or attending meetings for no real reason. Some of the firms we work with have daily project update meetings where the the project manager invites 20 or 30 people and drags the call out for hours on end. It always seems a complete waste of time to me.
I agree that we need to be developing a new generation of leaders that can cut through this and start to move the needle.