Make time for winners

“Make time for winners.”

This is courtesy of my wife who sent me a pic with that caption written on a sticky note. How does that sentence make you feel? A little off?

It feels more intuitive to say, “make time for those who are struggling.” To be clear, I agree with that. Team members who need attention should get attention.

The problem that I’ve witnessed, though, is that the problems that arise and fade from different members of your team can eat time.

What gets ignored during all of this problem gardening?

The team member who has been quietly crushing it all quarter. The team member who worked over the weekend to meet the deadline. The team member who brought in that new client.

“Oh, they’re fine, and I have so many other problems that need more attention.”

Wrong approach. You have to make time for winners too.

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 October 28, 2019

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