There’s less than a quarter to complete your annual goals and objectives. If you have family responsibilities, your children’s schools are back in session. The upcoming winter calls for a variety of get-ready activities. Then there’s the push to get ready for the holidays.
And you might want to enjoy the fall football season as well as Major League Baseball playoffs and the World Series.
Avoid the trap of being too busy to think ahead. Get out from under today’s challenges and activities by spending quality time on your relationships.
Without a focus on building and strengthening your relationships now, it will be harder to achieve next year’s goals.
Think strategically about your key relationships. Who, why, where, how? That includes connections with current and future customers, your team, your industry, your boss, your peers, your mentor, your coach, your suppliers, your vendors—anyone who can influence your success.
Take action on any toxic relationships you might have, too. If one is dragging you down, fix it or get rid of it. You don’t want to lead a team that’s constantly affected by someone’s poor attitudes or unproductive patterns.
Don’t get me wrong. Spending time “on” and “in” your business is important, but good leadership essentially comes down to the quality of your connections with people. Adjust your calendar so you can spend a larger part of your day building and strengthening those relationships. Six months from now, you’ll be glad you did.
Can you ever be too busy to nurture the relationships that will shape your future?