• Ivan Konermann

Don't be OVERLY available for your team!

Leaders often say that they want to "always be available" for their team, though that approach comes with some significant costs, some that are easily seen and some that aren't.

The first problem is for the leader themselves. If you allow, or worse, encourage, team members to pop into your office or virtual workspace anytime they want, you are inviting a steady stream of distractions for yourself. What about the important work π’šπ’π’– have? What about the deadlines that π’šπ’π’– are working towards? Without limits on your availability, π’šπ’π’– will be the one who creates the time crunch that will lead to late nights, working on weekends, and missed family events. You've set in motion the hurried game of "whack-a-mole" that makes deep & focused thought so difficult.

The other person who loses here is your team member. If they become conditioned to come to you at the first sign of trouble, they aren't growing 𝐭𝐑𝐞𝐒𝐫 creativity or problem solving, or increasing 𝐭𝐑𝐞𝐒𝐫 ability to find resources.

π‘»π’‰π’†π’š 𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒏'𝒕 π’π’†π’‚π’“π’π’Šπ’π’ˆ π’‰π’π’˜ 𝒕𝒐 π’‡π’Šπ’”π’‰ 𝒇𝒐𝒓 π’•π’‰π’†π’Žπ’”π’†π’π’—π’†π’”, π’Žπ’†π’“π’†π’π’š 𝒕𝒐 π’„π’π’Žπ’† 𝒕𝒐 π’šπ’π’– 𝒇𝒐𝒓 π’Žπ’π’“π’† π’‡π’Šπ’”π’‰.

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