Busy, busy, dreadfully busy…

24 03 2015

“If I feel I’m not influencing games, not scoring goals, or making goals, then that’s the time I’d pack it in.” ~Ryan Giggs

Athletes, Teachers, Soldiers, and just about anyone in a position of leadership like to fell that they’re really contributing to the success of the team.  We don’t want to be viewed by those on our team as just “riding on the coattails” of greatness.  Coaches have winning and losing records just like their teams do, and when they change teams, their career wins and losses follow them.  In team meetings, even the quiet folks, the ones who are the last to speak in a meeting, and sometimes only when pressed for their opinion want to feel like they’re adding value to the team.  They want to have that “win” on their career record.

That’s why it’s frustrating to many leaders when people on their team say “I didn’t bother you with this, because I know how busy you are”.  If every one of our direct reports thought we were too busy for them, then we’d indeed be not busy at all.  The majority of our work is to make sure that our teams have the resources they need to get the job done.  They should have help thinking their plans through, and had holes poked in their ideas while still in idea stage, so that things don’t blow up when they roll out the plan.  I believe that most leaders want to be “bothered” when we’re busy. We want to feel relevant, and want to have something to do with your success.  Those wins and losses go on our career records, too, so if we’re going to take a loss, we’d like to know that we at least had the opportunity to participate in some part of the game plan.  The next time you think we’re too busy for you, bother us, and give us the chance to either help, or tell you ourselves that we’re too busy.  I bet you’ll be surprised at the help you get if you just ask.

Speaking of scoring…


Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com




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