We were consulting with a CEO of a $100,000,000 company regarding his 16 – hour workdays. He was getting stressed out and felt he was spread way too thin to be effective. He said he was putting out fires, going from one problem to the next as they inevitably came up in the normal course of business. I asked about his key management team i.e. numbers, salaries, experience, education, responsibilities etc. He said they were well qualified, extremely well paid, yet unable to prioritize and problem solve without his intervention. I asked how long this had been going on, he said, “Forever”! This real scenario happens frequently in businesses of all sizes. Without a deep dive into the minutia, here are a few thoughts to consider if you are experiencing like circumstances.
- Are you comfortable delegating and trusting anybody on the team?
- Can you accept them failing?
- Does each manager have a plan and means to track it for accountability and modifications?
- Do you model what you want them to do?
- Do you coach them vs. doing for them?
- What are you doing to help or prevent them for doing their job?
- Do you have a good Psychiatrist?