Think Daily for Businesspeople Messages
You can keep secrets from your customers, vendors and the outside world about problems in your business. But there is a group of “insiders” who know what is really going on – your employees.
When they are complimentary and approve of what leadership is doing, then you’re doing it right.
What would/do they say now?
You want to try to get out of working IN your business so you can work ON it instead. But you still do lowish value things yourself because “It would take you just as long to explain to someone what to do as it would to do it yourself”.
The problem is when you are done, you are seven minutes older and you still don’t have someone who knows how to do that for the next time it needs to be done.
You must stop doing tasks, and build the team that does the tasks. Does that make sense?
What questions do you need to ask and answer about your business?
What am I doing? What am I going for, here? Who are we? To whom? What do we do terribly that we must fix? Who has been here forever that is actually a problem? Is our product or service any good? Am I any good at my leadership job?
Ask and answer.
Email is very useful. It also can be a huge time waster for an executive/leader; and time is what I value most. I can’t let anyone just indiscriminately take it from me. So – I try not to give out my email address when I buy things (I wish I tried a little harder). If I have to have a two-way conversation with someone, I call, rather than starting a chain of endless back and forth. I try not to support jokes and cute stuff by getting in on the game.
Use email on others in your marketing dept. Don’t let them use it on you.
Once you are successful, or perceived as such, people come to you with all kinds of things on their agenda that they want to be on your agenda. Opportunities galore, and they want to sell you everything, and want you to support them in all kinds of ways.
The more things you have to think about, the closer to “attention division insanity” you get.
Protect yourself. Just say no.