One thing is for sure is that I will run out of ideas for titles of my posts real, real fast. Today was a marginally successful day. I completed everything on my list although I don’t feel I challenged myself. Maybe that’s a good thing from time to time and maybe my place as being a better leader should continue to come through effectively making sure I support others in what their intended function should be. I continued to attempt to be proactive today with some success. I know I had several instances of things I would have let go but did persist in completing them so day 1 as a recovering retroactive person is complete.
Things I did well today:
1. I addressed everything I put on my plate.
2. I was determined to maintain a proactive attitude throughout the day.
3. I courageously led our leadership team in a meeting.
4. I made a significant attempt to maintain the time limits within all meetings.
Things I could Improve Upon:
1. Where time permits I need to make it a point to invest time in one (most important) strategic endeavor each day.
2. I need to engage the team whether good or bad throughout the day.
3. I need to focus proper attention at all times on those around me and/or ask for a better time if it does not work.
4. I need to make it a point to figure out how to best lead my senior leadership who is a actually better than me in some ways.
5. I need to work on my routine when I arrive home. I need to engage in meaningful time however short with my family. TV is a mind numbing waste that should not be turned on until the kids are in bed. You can quote me on that.
Today I learned that: Micromanagement is never an effective strategy. If someone needs to be micromanaged then someone is failing at their job (me or them or both). I should not feel the need to give input in all things presented to me yet I should make sure that things are put together in a detailed enough form so that I may understand enough in order to give feedback. I must never give passive approval to something I don’t understand.
I also need to make a commitment not to be interrupted in meetings. I keep thinking that it must be important yet I get interrupted with the dumbest things of no fault to them because I allow myself to be interrupted.