Chapter 17 of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, The Law of Priorities, is by far my least favorite law; not because I dislike the content, or even the results applying this content will yield… For me, it’s likely that hardest of all the laws of leadership to apply. I have to admit, there’s been more than a few times where applying this law has fallen in my lap more so than me being intentional in my choices. Have you ever heard that sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good? That may be true… SOMETIMES…
In this message, I hope to give you a foundation for applying what John covers in The Law of Priorities as “The Three R’s,” starting with what is truly REQUIRED.
In defining this R, he askes himself the question, “What must I do that nobody can or should do for me?”
This question will be answered differently by each of us. And honestly, it will likely be answered differently for different roles and situations in each of our own lives. I’ve heard John say that if someone on his team can perform a task 80% as well as he can, he delegates that task to that person moving forward. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always have that same option! There are certain aspects of my full time Safety & Human Resource role that should not be passed on to anyone else at this point, regardless of how well they may be able to do it; because it’s part of MY responsibility. On the other hand, I’m extremely thankful for all the things that Cindy has been able to take on for me in the last eight months that she’s been solely dedicated to Dove Development & Consulting. I have to look at tasks in these separate roles very differently!
So what are the most critical things that you’re absolutely REQUIRED to do on a daily or weekly basis? I’d expect you will be able to immediately point out a number of things tied to your career, but how about at home and with your family? Several years ago, I was presented with an opportunity to take what seemed like a fairly good promotion with the company I worked for. I would love to tell you that I used this thought process in making my decision, but that just was not the case. Fortunately, I landed on the right decision in spite of myself. In that case, accepting the role was in no way required, although I could easily argue that the person that did accept it was nowhere near 80% as good as I was in the role… Turning it down, however, did result in some doors being closed to me afterward. (More on that another time…) The things that my ego wouldn’t allow me to consider at the time were the things that were REQUIRED of me; the things that I was absolutely responsible for at home! Our son was 15 or so at the time, and it was a critical time for me to be involved in his life. And the time I was able to spend with him in the following two year period was some of the best time we had ever spent together. If I hadn’t been there at that time, something or someone would have been. I’m VERY thankful it was me!
I challenge you to take a hard look at the things that are keeping you BUSY. How many of them are you really REQUIRED to do? Are there things you’re not making time for that fit this description more?
Until next time,
P.S. Spots are filling up fast for our May 18 Lunch & Learn session on Piecing Together Your People Puzzles based on the DISC Model of Human Behavior and Personality Insights. We haven’t promoted this one much since we limited the seating, but here’s your chance…