Do you know what you do well? It seems like such a simple question to answer, but in reality, it’s probably one of the most difficult. The only one harder is the really important one: “Do you know and are you willing to admit to what you don’t do well?”
I think it’s human nature to avoid these two questions because they make us go places that are uncomfortable. Internal reflection can be a rewarding journey, but it can also be a train wreck. Still, I think it’s well worth the risk if you go at it in the proper frame of mind.
All of us have things we’re good at. Usually, these are things we enjoy doing. Personally, I like working with people and doing things that help people and organizations. It gives me a sense of purpose and gratification.
Conversely, laboring deeply on spreadsheets and analytical work is just not what I like to do. I’m probably not really good at it, so it’s best if I leave those tasks to others in my organization.
The old adage that you have to have the right people on the bus is only half the answer. You have to have those people in the right seats on the bus doing things they can excel in.
I urge you to take a look at yourself and really dig into what you’re good at and not so good at. Then, do the same for the people on your team. Make sure you have all your business tasks covered but by the people in your organization who are best suited for those tasks.
This simple procedure, although difficult to complete, will take your organization to the next level and beyond. Doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome is known as insanity.
Go ahead, look in the mirror and take the next step toward driving your team to the next great thing.