I want you to unleash the best work of your team. You are leaving too much value on the table. If you’ve hired (or inherited) talented, brilliant people, you owe it to them to create an environment in which they can thrive. Not just do great work, but thrive. You want to become the kind of organization where people are standing in line to get in, and I believe it can happen for you.
Over time, it’s easy to adopt small “rules” about you approach your work, what is and isn’t possible, and how the culture of your team or organization should function. You may not even know that these rules exist, but they are certainly limiting the effectiveness of you and your team.
If you lead a team of people, you have the responsibility to keep your flame burning bright and hot. Yes, you can still do your job for a while without inspiration, but eventually your team will catch on to the fact that you’re not really smoking what you’re selling, and they’ll start to wonder whether their sacrifices are really worth it.
Meetings are necessary to a healthy team, but when you spend most of your day in meetings, it makes it challenging to accomplish any of the real work for which you’re accountable. Worse, when meetings are stacked one after the other, it sometimes means little time to think or be strategic about them.
I’ve spent the past three years working on a book to help leaders better understand what creative people need, and to help them do the best work of their lives. It’s finally here.