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~ Jim Rohn
Just yesterday, I had a day in which I looked at the clock for the first time during the day and noticed it was only 1:30pm. How could this be? I felt like I had already completed a full days work and it should be closer to 4:30pm! I looked back at my to-do list that at the beginning of my day seemed so daunting and jam-packed with exhaustive activity. I even questioned a fellow peer fearing a practical joke had been played on me by resetting my clock. Nope, it was only 1:30pm. This same peer in jest made a comment that maybe I did complete a full days worth of work in half of the day, since I have been at my desk without interruption. That is when the light bulb turned on. How much of my day is surrendered to interruptions that may or may not be productive to my job? How much more can I get done if only I could come up with a plan to stay in the game without interruptions? Only if I stay focused will I stay in the game is the plan.
I have an open door policy for my office. My office also resides just next to the front door, so I get most of the foot traffic when the front desk is left unmanned. I am also the problem solver in my office. This means that when someone needs help, I am the first person they turn to even if it is not my expertise. My actual role in the office is along the lines of a marketing manager, so my office is always a buzz of sales people with great ideas and solutions to how I can make their job easier. When someone wants to think out loud, I seem to be the sounding board. If something can’t be found, I am the investigator. My point is, my office is normally like a beehive of activity and my day is spent balancing all this activity with what I am actually tasked to do.
Today was a rare day, in that the beehive was silent for the most part. I actually had a full day of focused energy on my actual role in the company. I was able to make the most of each moment of my day. If only I could achieve this same level of focus when my office is a blur of activity is my dilemma.
Only if I educate my teammates to learn to bring value to each moment of their day, will I be afford the opportunity to be focused. The answer to my dilemma is to teach my team mates to be self-starters, problem solvers and individuals that take on the initiative to make a difference in their own day, instead of passing along the buck to someone else.
Each member of the team is like a part of the collective body that we call our company. An arm will do what an arm is designed to do. A leg will perform the duties of a leg. Even though it might be easier to do it myself than it is to teach someone to do things for themselves, I am committed to saying “No, but let me get your started by showing you…” or “That is a great idea. I think you should put this idea on paper and start the ball rolling with...” Certainly this will be met with some resistance and dislike, but the goal is to make everyone a productive member of the team and the expert of the role they have been assigned. My ambition is to work with a team that goes beyond punching the clock and occupying space for eight hours a day. The objective is to build and foster a team that brings value to each moment of their day. I would love to work with an office staff that each day looks down at the clock for the first time only to notice that the day is half over and their to-do list is complete.