Things to follow up on?
At times, does it seem the harder you work the further behind you become?
If you said yes to any of these, you are in leadership quicksand.
As in quicksand, the more you struggle the faster you will sink. If stuck in quicksand, experts will advise you to just relax. Your body will eventually float because your body is less dense than the quicksand, so relax.
My leadership tip for you this week is to thoughtfully escape from (or avoid) quicksand around you by doing less to get more done.
Getting out of the quicksand requires you to relax. My advice to escape leadership quicksand is to slow down and think.
More specifically, turn off your email and other distractions then think creatively with a clean sheet of paper (11×17). Slowly begin to list the activities that is creating your quicksand in bullet points.
With a clear mind, identify:
A. the most important items – prioritized highest to lowest.
B. The most urgent items – prioritized highest to lowest.
C. The quick fixes – prioritized highest to lowest.
D. Who can help tackle A, B and C
Draw yourself some circles, lines with arrows, numbers, squares and whatever else seems natural. Add some names of people who can help you, dates of start or completion and you’ve created a road map of what’s going to get done, by when and by who.
Simplify your plan on a one page document and go to work on one item at a time.
Do as little of what’s on this list yourself. Delegate everything possible and empower others where appropriate.
With less struggling you can get back to providing the leadership your organization needs from you.
Remember, as a leader, the less you do, the more you can get done.