Time Management

Leadership Tips – SURPRISE!  Or How Would You Like An Extra 15 Hours This Week?  

Today I am going to tell you a story…  about Bob.   Bob is a successful manager in a medium to large size company.  He has a great track record and he makes things happen.  He is loyal to the company and can see himself staying until retirement.  He loves what he does.

But lately, he hasn’t been loving it quite as much.  It seems like he is having to work harder and harder.  Lately he has been staying late almost every night and working all day Saturday every week.  His wife is starting not only to complain (she started doing that months ago), she is now starting to worry about his health.  And his boss is also concerned.

You see, Bob is not only putting his health at risk, he is starting to put the company at risk.

First of all, if he actually had a heart attack or became ill, that would be a problem for the company clearly, as any person stepping into his shoes would not have Bob’s wealth of knowledge.  And, his boss likes him, and really doesn’t want to see him become ill.

But that is a possible outcome, that will, hopefully, never happen.  What is ACTUALLY happening right now is that Bob’s performance is dropping.  Clearly, he is tired and as a result he is making mistakes.  His work could always be relied upon and now there is some doubt about that.  Also, he is slowing things down.  Processes that could be different and better, are being cul-de-sac’d by Bob.  In other words, they are getting to a certain place and then stopping and going backwards.

And Bob’s staff are becoming more and more demotivated, and are going through the motions at work.  Instead of helping Bob, they seem happy to coast along as he works harder and harder.

Things needed to change.

I was asked to spend some time with Bob and see if I could identify what on earth was happening to this star performer.

As we spent some time together and talked, and as I observed his day and asked him about what and why he was doing things, it started to become clear to me what was happening.  Bob didn’t trust his team.  By that I don’t mean he thought badly of them.  He certainly would trust them to take a phone call, and to not leave the office early, and to work hard.  He trusted their intentions.  But he did not trust their ability.

Which meant that he was doing a lot of stuff himself that he should have / could have been delegating.  When questioned about that, it was clear that in the past something had happened, where Bob had trusted a member of his previous team to complete an important task and it had not been done, and as a result, as head of the department, Bob was held responsible.

Since that time, Bob had taken it upon himself to do more and more of the work that the team should have been doing, but far from ‘helping his team out’ or ‘taking the strain off them’ or ‘protecting them from making mistakes’ – he was actually demotivating them as they felt he didn’t trust them.

I suggested to Bob that he could try delegating something that was not crucial, something not on a deadline, where if a mistake WAS made, it would not be the end of the world.  He reluctantly agreed to do so, whilst convinced it would be a disaster.  He delegated part of one of his tasks to a team member, asking them  ‘as he was so busy with deadlines to meet, could they help him out by having a go at doing this partial task’.

The next morning Bob rang me in an agitated state.  ‘Oh No’ I thought for a split second, but then I heard him say “I can’t believe it, Julie.  I am SO surprised.  Not only did they do the bit I asked – which I thought they might struggle with and do it really well, they also completed the other bit that I was SURE they couldn’t do. And it was great”.

Well, needless to say, that bunch of tasks has now been permanently delegated.  The staff members feel great about it, as it adds a level of interest to their job, they feel trusted and they like that feeling.  Additionally – Bob felt great as he had just got rid of a task that used to take him a whole day a week.  Well, there was no stopping Bob while he was on a roll.

We looked at what else he really should not be doing and who could possibly do it, and we found him 15 hours a week.  So not only does he now NOT have to come in at the weekend, he has a few chunks of time free in the week too, which he can use to develop himself and the business further.  Result!

So – if you feel like you are running around like a headless chicken, with never enough time;  if you are working longer and longer hours and doing stuff you have a vague suspicion you should NOT be doing – why don’t you take up one of our monthly free strategy sessions, where we can have a look at where YOU might be able to save 15 hours a week.  You’d be surprised!!

email us at team@thinkbedoleadership.com

 

Leadership Tips and the 12 Days of Christmas

Leadership Tips and The 12 Days of Christmas

 

Once the Christmas dinner is over and the presents are opened it’s time to chill out, and maybe reflect a little on how this year has gone for you.

Here are our 12 tips for making 2016 your best year yet.  And to keep it traditional we are stealing from an old Christmas song.

 

On the First Day of Christmas Leadership Tips…

My true love said to me:

A Leader is one who

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.

Leaders don’t just act like the boss and tell other people WHAT to do, but show them HOW to do it. A good leader always shows the way.  A boss says ‘Go’, a Leader says ‘Let’s go, follow me’.

 

 On the Second Day of Christmas Leadership tips…

My true love said to me:

You Are a Leader

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

You don’t have to be in a managerial role or have an official title to be a leader. If you are a hard worker and dream big, other people will follow you.  Therefore you a leader.

 

 On the Third Day of Christmas Leadership tips…

My true love said to me:

Steve Jobs A Leader

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

Good Leaders will think outside the box and come up with their own ideas.  They create the world around them and this inspires others.

 

 On the Fourth Day of Christmas Leadership tips…

My true love said to me:

Leadership

Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.
A leader might come up with ideas and inspire others, but unless they can unlock the potential in their team, they will be leading no-one.  Leaders facilitate and allow the individuals in their teams to grow.

 

On the Fifth Day of Christmas Leadership tips…

My true love said to me:

Vision

Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
You can’t go into a project or an idea blind, or it will never work. You must first come up with a vision of what you want, and then show others the way.

 

 On the Sixth Day of Christmas Leadership tips…

My true love said to me:

If you want a quality

If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.
You know the saying: Fake it till you make it… well the same applies to leadership skills. In a company no-one will promote you to manager unless they see you as a manager, meaning you have to act as if you were a manager.  If it is your own business – no-one will come work for you if they don’t see you as a leader – so step up and act like one.

 

 On the Seventh Day of Christmas Leadership tips…

My true love said to me:

Speak softly

Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.

In other words, always be humble, avoid raising your voice and being a hot-head for the sake of it, but don’t be afraid to put your foot down and make the tough calls when needed.

 

On the Eighth Day of Christmas Leadership tips…

My true love said to me:

Credit

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.

Good Leaders know they can’t do anything without their teams. They are more interested in the end result than in taking the credit. If a leader acts in this way he will no longer be a leader as there will be no team left to lead…

 

On the Ninth Day of Christmas Leadership tips…

My true love said to me:

It is essential

In other words – the smartest thing you can do is hire people who might be smarter than you!
 

 On the Tenth Day of Christmas Leadership tips…

My true love said to me:

Good Management

Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.

Make problem solving fun – and a TEAM activity.  If problems are seen as something negative then people will naturally avoid or shy away from dealing with them – which means it is always down to the leader to spot and solve problems.  Far better to encourage an environment where problem solving is applauded and everyone wants in.

 

 

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas Leadership tips…

My true love said to me:

The Quality of a leader

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.

Want to be a good leader? Then set the bar high. No – higher than that.   But what if you don’t feel confident? This takes me to my last point…

 

 On the Twelfth Day of Christmas Leadership tips…

My true love said to me:

Henry Ford

Henry Ford knew what he was talking about when he said  “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”

There is nothing more important when it comes to being a manager than believing in yourself. Believe you can be the best leader in your business and you WILL.

If you want to make 2016 your Best Year Yet – come along to our free Best Year Yet workshops – where we will help you set the strategies you need for making 2016 your absolute Best Year Yet.

If you would like to pre-register for more information email me on julie@juliehutchison.co.uk and put “Best Year Yet” in the subject line.

Wishing you a Prosperous and Happy 2016.