Is it OK to not understand the work you manage?
Many people think that as a manager you need to understand the work not only as well as your reports, but even better.
They believe that if they are going to be credible with their team, they have to prove they are the smartest one.
What is a strategic habit?
Strategic habits are important because business progress requires strategic efforts, but human nature tends to favor reactive work that presents itself in the moment.
Everyone agrees that if you were to have twice as many customers and twice as much revenue as you have now…that your customer support model would not work at the larger scale.
Last week I wrote about
being more strategic by giving yourself time to think — in fact, scheduling time to think.
And I emphasized the fact that if you don’t schedule it, it won’t happen.
But the reality is, even if you do schedule this time, it can still be hard to make it happen.
Think before you work
People often ask me to describe what it means to be strategic.
The first and most fundamental step to being more strategic is to simply
think before you work.
And an even more clear way to say this is that if you just accept a task or a project and start working on it without thinking about it, that’s a pretty good definition of being NOT-strategic — trying to do everything equally as it comes in.
I was talking to a friend awhile back, and she asked me how things were going. I expressed some anxiety about my workload.
She said, “So, you have a goal to work less?”
As I answered, I began thinking about something that I had lost focus on.
TWO Year Anniversary
Thank you for your support of MOVE. I launched it two years ago in New York City with an exciting
store front display on 5th Ave. Wow, I was so grateful for that experience! Read More
You already have a personal brand
You have a Personal Brand right now whether you know it or not.
You have a Personal Brand right now whether or not it’s something that you care about.
You have a Personal Brand right now even if you think this idea is stupid.
Don’t Give up on Presence
VIDEO Don’t give up on Presence
As I discussed in the video above, as leaders we need to always be thinking about how to engage and motivate our teams.
And the idea I want to talk about today is an important one because so many of us operate in geographically dispersed teams…
Just because you can’t be in the same room, doesn’t mean you can’t be present.
write your stories down
This is a short post to remind you not to lose your best stories.
Once or twice a year, it’s a great idea to think about the 1-3 accomplishments you are most proud of, and write down the interesting parts of the story.
“Isn’t that what I just said?”
I was recently in India giving a keynote presentation for a group of women leaders.
One of the questions that came up was, “What do you do when you are the only woman in the room, and you contribute an idea and no one pays attention…
“…then 10 minutes later someone else says the exact same thing, and everyone responds as though it’s brilliant, and he gets credit for the idea?”
This often happens to women, but I want to be careful to note that it does not happen only to women.