By Lynn Scott
Solving the ‘productivity puzzle’ is one of the toughest challenges facing British businesses today. While many businesses have significant budgets for management training, more often than not the training selected doesn’t focus on the aspects of leadership that can have the greatest impact on productivity.
In my experience a lot of training focuses on what to do – with lots of theories and models – but not on how to do it (which is why those beautiful training manuals sit on the shelf, unopened, and nothing changes when those managers get back to work). Because…. They are ‘too busy’!
The truth is this: We all say ‘I don’t have time’ for the things that feel too difficult.
And it’s often easier to keep being busy (because then we don’t have to address our real fears – about getting it wrong, about not being good enough, about not knowing how to do something, about not being liked, about being ‘found out’… this list goes on).
The best leadership training gets below the surface of the business and helps to identify what’s really going on. Your leadership coaches or trainers need to ask the difficult questions … the ones you’ve probably been avoiding… and then help your managers to change their beliefs, their mindsets and the habitual behaviour that makes them unproductive.
So, if you are wondering where to start, here are three tips to boost your productivity straight away.
- Do something about your ‘energy vampires’ – conflict with a colleague makes both of you less productive. Find a way to have ‘that conversation’ and move on. Focus on ‘shaping the future’ rather than going back over old ground.
- Make your meetings more productive. If you’re not contributing or gaining anything of value – find a way to do both, or stop going.
- Stop multi-tasking. Research shows it lowers your IQ and makes you ineffective.
That’s the ‘WHAT.’ If you don’t know HOW – THAT is where your leadership training starts.
Lynn Scott has over 15 years’ experience of providing leadership development for senior leaders and teams in the corporate world. She is one of only 40 ICF Master Certified Coaches in the UK. See her weekly blog Lead with Confidence: www.lynnscottcoaching.co.uk/blog