Have you ever thought: If I could spend half as much time on half as many things, I would be twice as effective”? Like many of the entrepreneurial leaders we work with, the endless wheel-spinning of urgent but lower-value work distracts and disrupts their ability to focus on their single most valuable contribution to the company. The “I’m just too busy to grow” mindset and feeling of being surrounded by business clutter holds us back from making our ultimate contribution to the world . As leaders, we all have great intentions around our impact and time. There are many adjustments that we can make in our business and our behavior to move out of a reactive space and into proactive growth.
The definition of a good Buffer Day is a day focused in preparation for upcoming Focus Days. True “Buffer” Days are meant to be spent on delegations, putting out fires and working on the business so that when Focus Days come, we have the capabilities in place to truly focus. Without careful planning though, every day can quickly become a Buffer Day, ever creeping into our focus time.
Growth takes a backseat because the majority of time is spent cleaning up urgent messes rather than focusing generating new revenue. A friend of mine refers to this place in business as “Marshmallowland;” a place where time stands still and we operate in a chronic state of trying to move forward, but stuck in a sticky, grabby mess that keeps us immobilized and bouncing around endlessly in our business.
The ability to (1) dream up, (2) create and (3) execute new ideas is the calling of all entrepreneurial leaders. A healthy business operates and grows when the 3 legs of the tripod are in balance. As visionaries, we naturally and bravely bring the ideation, but typically struggle with the other legs: creating a plan for our ideas and committing to a plan fully to execute them. When the three are out of balance, a chronic start-stop dynamic grows between you and your team, and if not managed correctly can lead to team-wide burnout and a total lack of productivity and feelings of progress.
If you’re always on the lookout for something to save you time around delegation, Strategic Coach® and Delegate Solutions may have the answer. In our work supporting entrepreneurs, we have found Strategic Coach’s “Impact Filter” tool to help both you and your team understand the results you are looking for and take the burden of those tasks away from you.
First, let's talk about why “The Impact Filter™” is valuable in delegation. This tool allows you to get the project out of your head and specify what you want the ideal result to be. With everything broken down and clear results in front of everyone, your team can take over having everything they need to get started. Doing this simple prework allows you to save time explaining what you want because they already know.
Believe (in) the Hype!It's an e xciting start to the weekend here in Philadelphia. Our Eagles are Super Bowl bound , and our city's energy level is at an unprecendented height. To the right, my son- Underdog Nathan- headed off to school today. :)
I've been a rabid Eagles fan my entire life. Growing up, I remember the days of Buddy Ryan. My grandmother, a die-hard Iggles fan, used to sit outside in her green satin embroidered Eagles jacket listening to the game on the radio and cheering on our team. Even before I really understood the game, I had an ingrained love for the Eagles and the sport.