|With leadership comes big responsibilities. It also comes with more and more people wanting and needing your time.
If leaders are not careful they will let the urgent drown out the important.
Josh Spector tweeted some questions to ask yourself in regard to your calendar. He called it a calendar audit.
1. What is filling up your calendar?
2. How much is your calendar driven by you? How much by others?
3. How much unscheduled time is on your calendar?
4. What are you doing with that unscheduled time?
5. What meetings on your calendar can be replaced with an email?
6. Do you have reoccurring meetings on your calendar?
7. Should any of those be cut back?
Leaders are not paid to do work per se, but to give vision and direction, solve/avoid problems, inspire others, build culture, and lead & develop people.
To do those things at a high level, leaders need space to think. Many times, our best and most productive thoughts and ideas come when we have margin in our days. If leaders are always ‘doing’, the ‘thinking’ often gets drowned out.
Create space to think about:
+ Where is your organization/program going?
+ If it is off course, how do you get it back on course?
+ If on course, how to continue that trajectory?
+ What do the people I am leading need?
+ How to navigate current issues?
+ How to avoid issues in the future?
+ What moves the needle the most in my program?
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