In today’s fast-paced crazy world, there is a precious commodity that we leaders must fight to get and to protect.
Most of the problems we face are not easy. We can’t just wave a magic wand and produce systems and solutions that move our projects forward. What we most need is distraction-free time to delve deeply into a problem and really think about it.
When we allow our time to be spent flittering from one issue to another…with little time for focus and attention…without understanding the fundamental issues…without the confidence of knowing the answer to the “why” question…then we fail as leaders.
Characteristics of my best “think time” include:
- Having other experts alongside who bring fresh insights and knowledge
- Resisting the call of the urgent other issues that want to interrupt
- Avoiding the simplistic answers that first appear, and pressing beyond them to get to the “gold” that lays behind them
- The chance to be alone and let the problem soak
- The “aha” moment that tells me I have been rewarded for my investment of time
This isn’t easy. It’s not cheap. It’s not “quiet time”. It is hard work…and few actually do it. It is the key to becoming a better leader.
Thanks for listening.