Too Busy to Succeed

Most of the leaders and senior executives I work with are grappling with not enough time in the day.  They are running hard trying to stay on top of key issues, but it’s affecting their work effectiveness and personal lives.  They need a way to focus on the issues and tasks that are most important and jettison the rest. 

This is particularly true for:

  • Executives newly promoted to leadership roles
  • Executives taking on significantly more responsibility, or
  • Leaders whose companies are going into rapid growth phases, undergoing significant change (think merger/acquisition or technology-driven change.)

For nearly all of them, I have helped them gain between six and eight hours per week.  The process is a combination of understanding how they are using time, using a better way to manage their time, and creating blocks of discretionary time.

What would an extra six to eight hours every week mean for you?

Why You Need to Talk With Employees

A leader needs to keep in touch with customers because a business’ real value is realized on the outside. 

But it’s just as important to keep in touch with employees.  Get out of your office, talk to people individually and in groups, find out what’s working, what’s not working, what’s getting in their way of being as effective and productive as they’d like to be. 

Only by doing this will you hear things that otherwise would not make it to your office.  You’ll hear good ideas and key trends to give you a better understanding than relying solely on internal reporting.  Quality issues and improvement ideas, workplace problems and suggestions, and even hints of harassment can be surfaced this way.  Consider your employee contact as part of an early warning system.

It’s also an opportunity for you to reinforce your leadership messaging.  You can answer questions, provide background for decisions, and ask people what they are doing that day to act on key priorities.

Build employee contact into your weekly schedule.

Time to Clean House?

Computers get bogged-down over time as programs take more and more memory.

Similarly, organization structures and processes get bogged-down by the ongoing addition of policies, procedures, and rules.  Almost always these new rules are designed to make work easier for one group, but the result of all departments adding rules is an overall slow-down.

It’s a good idea to periodically put every meeting, report, and staff process on trial for their lives.  Do they add value?  Is the benefit greater than the cost? 

This doesn’t have to be done all at once.  For example, take the usual reports distributed every month and ask the people receiving them if they get any value from them.  Then stop doing any that don’t add value.

Clear-out your old files and optimize your operating system.

Copyright 2019  Bob Legge


I am a trusted advisor on strategy implementation and executive effectiveness to leaders of Fortune 500 companies, mid-size companies, nonprofits, education, and government. My work helps leaders drive strategy, lead successful change, develop high performance cultures, improve individual and organizational performance, and produce faster, sustainable growth and value. 

If you want to seize new opportunities, dramatically improve your leadership effectiveness, and free-up more time for yourself and your family, give me a call.

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