Get Out of People's Way to Drive Productivity is the topic of this week's show. In episode #27, we looked at what we can do in order to coach others to be productive. Now, we're turning the focus on ourselves as leaders to examine what we might be going to get in the way of people's productivity.
Move to Outcome Based Meetings
“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” – Cyril Parkinson
Two Warning Signs:
- You can't figure out what to talk about.
- You're doing a data dump.
What would awful thing would happen if we didn't meet today?
Am I clear on what outcomes I want to have come out of this meeting?
Move to outcome based meetings vs. schedule based meetings. You should have:
- Stated outcome
- Clear agenda
- Action items
Align working environments with people
Fortune Magazine says that drop-ins are the #1 productivity killer in offices
Be conscious of how and where people like to work
Put people on teams? By all means, assuming they work best that way. Otherwise, can people work alone?
Every leader should see this: Watch Susan Cain's TED talk on The Power of Introverts
Create a Results-Oriented Work Environment (ROWE)
ROWE was created by Cali Ressler & Jody Thompson
Get clear on what you want people to accomplish this year
Get it on paper and establish milestones
Manage people towards that – not when and where they work
Lead people on their terms
How can I best support you and your development?
“Treating people fairly does not mean treating them the same.”
“As of this afternoon I have listened to all 26 episodes and I have two mentees that are listening too. I found that starting them on episode 16 really got them thinking about where they are in their careers and that they can’t wait for the company to do something for them. Keep up the great work, you have a big fan in Columbus!” -Jon in Columbus, Ohio
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