It’s really strange, but most of us have at least one or two problems on the back burner that we know need to be sorted. For whatever reason, we just never seem to find the time to get to them. I am not talking about repairing the lock on the kitchen door or re-painting the front window but rather handling relatively serious issues that have a material impact on our businesses.
Everyone knows the saying “your business (team) is as strong as its weakest link.” But strangely, many leaders avoid, or reduce the priority of the very things that you might imagine would receive their utmost attention.
Now I can see quite a few leaders shaking their heads as they read this. “Harley’s gone off the boil this week”. But I assure you, I come across this phenomenon fairly regularly.
I challenge you to make a list of the items that are likely to prevent you from achieving your targets (the ones you have responsibility for). Now see if you have a sufficiently detailed and effective strategy for each and every one of them. My guess is that fewer than 10% of leaders will have.
Let me be clear, I am sure I am no better than the rest, but that’s the beauty of a coach. Things are much easier said than done. So I find it interesting to know why it is that we often fail to give the issues that impact us so much the attention they need.
Could it be because they are the topics that fundamentally bore us (after all it’s hard to get passionate at fixing something you have very little interest in). Or perhaps they involve people we like and know that any outcome is likely to upset them? Or perhaps we avoid them because they involve people we find dull and uninteresting? Perhaps just the thought of having to focus on them for a few hours, rather than the brilliant young team member who soaks up our coaching advice like a sponge, fills us with apprehension.
When I was young my Mother used to say ‘Stop moaning and do something about it!’ And that is exactly what I am going to do with my list! (Luckily it’s not very long) 🙂
Have a good week,