[May 10, 2019] I’m reminded each time I work with leaders about how their schedule restricts their ability to do their jobs effectively. The solution is a flexible schedule that allows on-the-fly changes to minimize mission disruption.
“I am definitely going to take a course on time management … just as soon as I can work it into my schedule.” – Louis E. Boone, an American academic author
This tongue-in-cheek quote by Louis Boone is a bit closer to reality than most of us might admit. Leaders, especially senior leaders, are prone to let their schedules drive them instead of the actual intent of a schedule to create predictability. Leaders don’t survive by being rigid, and the advantage of a good leader is their skills to make changes without missing anything quickly.
I’m reminded of American football player Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots each time I talk to people about schedules. Gronkowski was a tight end who is probably the best and most popular player that ever held that position. He was key to the Patriot’s winning program, and he did this by reading the opposing team’s defense and making the right changes to his strategy. A good leader does the same thing.
Leaders keep schedules; that’s a fact of their positions of responsibility and others who depend upon them. This doesn’t translate into rigidity to the point that adaptability, predictability, and stability is lost. A good leader knows the risks associated with throwing away their schedule and mixing it up a little.
Great leaders know the difference in a schedule that accomplishes its intent and, more importantly, when it becomes necessary to make changes. A flexible schedule is something a leader should always have ready.
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- Storytelling – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-storytelling/
- The Template – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-the-template/
- Measures of Effectiveness – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-measures-of-effectiveness/
- The Reconnaissance – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-the-reconnaissance/
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- The Checklist – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-the-checklist/
- The Standup Meeting – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-the-standup-meeting/
- The SWOT Analysis – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-swot-analysis/
- The Planning Cell – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-planning-cell/
- Investigations – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-investigations/
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