The Director sits back in the ergo-chair with a stack of papers on his tiny desk. Numerous small, pink sheets lie next to the scribble pad that say, “Please Return Call”. Eyes closed, the Director considers the latest of issues that had to be dealt with. This constant pull of attention keeps the Director away from non-emergent, but just as important tasks.
“Knock, knock” the sound startles the Director as a staff member walks in without a response.
“You’re needed in the conference room—we just don’t know what to do!”
This ho-hum leader is painfully aware of (or maybe not) that the constant distractions, interruptions, and energy-pulling takes away from things that can make the organization grow, flourish and thrive.
Why you need to stop this behavior:
· You are not leading, you are managing or worse, maintaining.
· You are increasing the team’s dependence on you.
· You are not building your team’s capacity.
· You are off focus.
· You are not vision casting.
· You are putting your organization in jeopardy.
Stop Your Ho-Hum Behaviors
YOU can change ho-hum behaviors. There are many ways to change, but here are a few you can act on right now:
1. Make a conscience decision to change.
When you recognize you cannot keep running your organization or department like this, you are more likely to change.
2. Find scriptures that support the change.
This Bible study slows you down. The scriptures about change help align your behavior with the Word of God.
3. Set one goal.
Yes, I am sure you have many. But if you have too many, it’s easier to lose track and just quit. One goal. Two to three steps to achieve it. That’s it.
4. Complete a goal and move to the next goal.
You have momentum now, keep improving that behavior.
5. Provide coaching for staff.
Allow staff to make decisions. But be a coach so they can walk through decision processing.
6. Let staff fail.
We do not make decisions because of the consequences from leadership. A great leader knows the right way to redirect, correct, train, coach, and let go.
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