If you’re a leader striving to delegate more to your team members to open time in your calendar but struggling to feel confident that they’re ready to take ownership without your direction and guidance, here are some ways to start the delegation and transition process.
Stepping into leadership means that we guide our team toward the big-picture mission and keep positive momentum going day-to-day. Teams have objectives to work toward and it’s up to the leader to design the approach and drive progress. There is a long, continuous path to collectively take on together. Over time, amongst the day-to-day work, team members often loose sight of the big picture mission and objectives, the progress that is made, and where attention should really be placed. When the team loses sight of achievements and isn’t clear in terms of what is truly building toward your definition of “success”, frustration builds instead of positive progress. I began acknowledging and documenting individual and team wins when I realized the need to positively motivate my team, periodically lift us out of the weeds of the work to see the big picture, align our focus around what really matters for us to achieve success, and build our collective confidence.
Have you ever found it hard to identify what the main things really are? Have you had a shortage of time to spend on thing you feel are important things because you feel busy getting all of your basic tasks done and keeping things under control? I wrote this post because many people have asked me how I accomplish so much yet still have so much time to write my books, my blog, and create other personal works. I have just as much time in one day as everyone else; I have just worked hard to carefully curate how I spend it by destroying things that don’t serve and adding things that do.
As leaders, we wake up each day with certain aspiration, responsibilities, and expectations at the forefront of our attention. Attachment and drive are key factors that tether us to our objectives and motivate us to show up each day to make progress. However, when taken to far and practice in the wrong ways, attachment severely limits us as leaders. In my new guidebook, Awake Ethics, I present four primary attachments that leaders have: attachment to our ways of doing things, attachment to results and gratification, attachment to our identity, and attachment to team members. Here I’ll talk a bit more about how understanding your relationship toward each attachment is important in order to lead more ethically and find more clarity day-to-day.
We can only truly have one point of focus at any given time. You could be working on multiple projects (we all have multiple things to manage as humans every day at work and in life, we have multiple priorities) but at any given time, you always must choose one focus even if just for an instant before shifting focus. Multi-tasking is a myth. Given this truth, it’s important to be able to prioritize as leaders to choose what to focus on at a given time.
I believe that most of us can agree that we attribute our professional trajectory and successes to our early leaders that were great mentors to us. It is hard to teach someone to become a mentor. The selfless effort one puts in to being a great mentor comes from the inspiration from our own mentors … Continue reading 10 Ways to Take Your Mentorship Practice to the Next Level
A team is a group of people that works together to achieve a common objective. As the number of members on the team grows, the team has more power but the dynamic also becomes more complex! There are more people to align toward the vision and practices for continuous communication become very important. Feedback is … Continue reading Unleash the Power of Positive Feedback
Throughout my time in the corporate world as a team member and leader, I found that, at any given, time teams fall into one of four categories: Obviously Category A looks most desirable to any leader, right? Category A teams have a solid team dynamic that enables relatively effortless and enjoyable collaboration. These teams are … Continue reading What are Category A Teams?
Mind mapping is a powerful tool we can use as leaders to balance our logical thinking processes with expansive, innovative thinking about how to approach our work. We can also better understand and achieve our objectives with our teams. In this post, I will describe the benefits of mind mapping I have experienced, the key aspects of mind mapping that make it impactful, a how-to guide for getting started, and explained examples.
Recently, I received questions from Awake Leadership readers about the relationship between the team mission and the team vision: Could you please elaborate on the key differences between the team mission and team vision? Why do we need to construct and consider both with our team? The first section of Awake Leadership is called Vision … Continue reading Your Questions Answered: Mission Statements & Vision Planning