As managers, our lives are busy enough. The work comes at us in an ever-increasing flow and sometimes we take the eye off the ball.
In fact, it’s quite surprising how we can gradually, day-by-day, month-by-month, change our behaviors in an attempt to avoid being swamped by ‘stuff’.
Such that we lose sight of what we are really there to do, which is lead and manage our people, as well as deliver the bottom lines demanded of us.
Time to test our perspective against a benchmark of a point 2 years ago.
What have you stopped doing?
What have you started doing?
What do you do more of?
What do you do less of?
And here’s the acid test for you. Which of these adds value to the bigger picture of your management? Which leaches away your performance?
When you have a better picture of how you have changed (and it may be for the better, don’t forget!). you will start to understand how you have shifted – almost imperceptibly – and what you need to revisit. What you need to reclaim.
It’s a fact of life that our behaviors shift over time and it’s vital that we notice and adjust too.
The sign of great managers is that we have this capacity – without self-criticism or blame – as well as the vision within ourselves, to make the differences to what we do, as we go.