Do one thing at a time. Period.

When you’re extremely busy, there’s the temptation to multitask.
 
Have you ever had that moment when two people are texting you, one is sending you WhatsApp message, and the other is trying to get you on the phone? When it happens, the initial impulse is to jump from one to the other and answer everyone as quickly as possible.
 
But try to fight that instinct and instead focus on each conversation to give it the attention it deservesFor example, if on a call, try to be 100% present. That means no texting or looking at email.
 
When you multitask, you end up with two (or more!) suboptimal results. Give all your attention to a single interaction at a time, and the outcome will be better.

What’s the best use of a leader’s time?

As a leader how you spend your time will make or break the success of ur company. I think here are the top three focus areas:
 
#Recruiting + Hiring
 
The team is the most critical aspect for the success of a company. And hiring has to be topmost in the lists, a cultural fit team with the best skill set in the given budget, requires a lot of balancing act for the leader.
But its the only way to grow and reach ur vision.
 
#Considering your team’s long-term strategy, vision, and culture
 
Keep thinking and driving the long term strategy and vision for the company, this will be the beacon for everyone to follow.
 
#Communicating the direction to everybody all the time
 
Consistently communicating with everyone to guide and show them the right path. If the driver of a bus is not showing the right direction how the team will move forward. Let everyone apply there skills, their forces but u need to be the director of them.

 

But how about for you? Do you find yourself spending time in these areas as a leader… or not?
 

How to build company culture…

Culture is one of the most critical pillars that keeps standing in the ups and downs of a company. It defines the success and growth of the team and the company.
 
Also wherever there is a team, a culture (good or bad) is already set within the team. Defined by the leaders and top management etc.
 
So how to build or rebuild a culture? Here are a few pointers:
 
#Personal accountability
 
You must model the behaviors and basic underlying assumptions you want to be true. Greatest shortcoming of a leader is wanting others to do something that she doesn’t practice it herself. For instance, a leader wants to set up “ownership and trustworthy” culture but doesn’t own her own weaknesses and expects employees to be upfront and own things. See the disconnect?
Others in the team will emulate what you do, so exhibit those basic underlying actions yourself and the team will follow.
 
#Consistency
 
Whatever culture we want to set, it should be consistent over a period of days, months and years to build it. It cannot be that one day we want ownership & trust, other days we want hierarchy and formal structure.
 
Also whatever process we want to follow to inculcate the culture, All hands meetings, one on one etc should be consistent. Yes, there will be learnings but the core process has to keep hitting the cultural attributes.
 
#Use All Mediums or Communication Channels
 
In today’s environment, we have different ways of communicating with the individuals or team. It can be meetings, remote video calls, internal social media, WhatsApp groups, etc.
 
Use all these to communicate the same core attributes, for example, if All hands meetings are for openness and gathering ideas, displaying an open culture of ideas. One on Ones and any team meetings should have the same theme, openness towards any ideas. 
Now, this is no grand formula by any means for creating the culture that you want. Shaping a company’s culture and tapping into a team’s basic underlying assumptions is more art than it is science.
But consider these three elements — personal accountability, consistency, and richness — in how you’re upholding the basic underlying assumptions you want to make more real.
Pick one, commit to it, and see progress build over time. Slowly, but surely, you’ll see the difference.

 

Capacity to Choose…

We always have a choice.
 
Wherever, Whenever, Whoever we are, we always have a choice.
 
If someone is not listening to you, choose to persuade them or choose to ignore them. But its ur choice.
 
If you don’t like your job, choose to work for money, or quit and find a job which u like.
 
If things are not working according to plan, choose to fight or choose to change the scene, maybe u r not meant for the scene.
 
The most important part is to explore and find the right choice (And this may take a while) and fight for it till the end.
 
But there is always a choice…
 

Two Wishes…

When you’re feeling stuck with your project, step back and grant yourself two wishes.
 
What will improve if you get these wishes? Put these in a piece of paper.
 
Now that you have got it, how to progress in the project. What are you going to do about it?

Sooner or later, the shark gets jumped…

Short term thinking is around immediate needs and outcomes. It may be a span of a couple of days or months or maybe a year.
 
Long term thinking is much longer, spanning maybe around the next 5-10 years or more. It is more defining for our goals and careers.
 
Short-term leads to a lot of restless within and keeps sending us in mind loop.
It can be for “Upcoming Exams” or “Appraisal review meeting” or “Job Interview” or “Shopping”.
 
Long-term leads to better planning and brings more serenity to achieve our goals or careers.
 
Short-term thinking to give Exams to be a topper has no meaning except to satisfy egos. Long-term thinking would be to learn and give Exams to get into the Career.
 
Similarly, if failed in a Job interview does not mean failure in the career (Short-term). There are other interviews and jobs which can lead to the career (Long-term)
 
There is a difference in the thought process.
 
Short-term thinking repeated, again and again, doesn’t lead to Long-term thinking. And Short-term success may not actually lead to Long-term success.
 
Most of our time goes in Short-term thinking leading to Analysis Paralysis (Almost 99% time). And a lot of our jealousy, stress and immediate reactions stumps out from this.
 
Investing more in Long term gives us more power to realize our goals and attain success & serenity.
 

Best Managers…

Best Managers are exceptional at three skills:

  1. Trust: If you don’t build rapport as a leader, nothing moves forward.

2. Honesty: If you don’t speak the truth to your team, problems fester.

3. Context: If you don’t get everyone on the same page, confusion sets in.

All the other traits revolve around these, so if you can build these in your team, you got it right.