Here’s what leaders are missing when they go face down in the daily work

A required skill in the future workplace (defined as every workplace from tomorrow on) is the ability to think. Not trying to be condescending here, and I am not suggesting that we aren’t doing some version of thinking right now. I am talking about a different kind of thinking. For leaders, sometimes when we go head down into the daily work, our thoughts follow us down into the weeds. We get granular in our thinking and we get creative at solving for the problem that is in front of us. The problem is that when we are face down in the work, we miss how the bigger trends are changing. So, the type of thinking I am advocating for zooms out from the day to day and focuses on the core of your team’s business and the larger trends that are shaping that business. If we can better understand those larger trends, we can start making the small shifts now to remain relevant and profitable for years to come.

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on April 18, 2019

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