You should not be too busy to get to essentials. “Busy-ness” is not an excuse to avoid tough decisions or unpleasant but necessary conversations. When one is busy, it is mostly attending to urgent and important matters; and, hopefully not too many unimportant matters.
The Exceptional Leader knows that focusing only on the urgent and important, while critical, may not lead to long-term progress. They must also focus on the important but less urgent matters that will yield the best long-term results.
They must be willing to work on the business improving things for the future and avoid getting immersed in busy work.
- Does your busy-ness create denial about what is really important and essential to the success of your organization?
- Do you let others fill your calendar at the expense of having the necessary reflective and planning time that you need to be successful?
- Do you let your busy-ness interfere with setting up systems that could increase your efficiency and allow you to focus on more important matters?
- Do you get so immersed in the day-to-day stuff so that you cannot look up and see the big picture?
- Do you get so immersed in the day-to-day stuff so that you don’t attend to important relationships? Who do you need to call right now?
Exceptional Leaders stick to essentials and avoid the busy-ness that can diminish their leadership effectiveness.
Copyright protected by author Bruce M. Anderson. Reprinted with permission. Thinking Partners Inc.