I have just completed the Leadership and Team Dynamics course at The Principals’ Training Centre (PTC) in London. The course leaders were Bill Powell and Steve Dare. We developed a range of skills useful for leaders in schools, all of which I am excited to put into practice in the coming year.
On the last day, we considered some of Douglas Reeves (2011) work on Finding Your Leadership Focus. The article talks about how remaining focused is a discipline, that takes continued practice, like a fitness regime, and is difficult to maintain. It also states that maintaining focus can save lives.
It struck me that his ideas applied to work, leadership and life in general. Often we rush around, have busy lives, and complete jobs while multitasking. We need to eliminate the “weeds” – the items that distract us from what is important. Too often, urgent tasks trump important work. We need to focus on what is important, not what is urgent.
If we don’t, the important tasks don’t get the time they deserve and need, or we suffer from stress and become ill, or both. Too many people, on their deathbed, have stated that they regretted working so hard. Perhaps eliminating the needless weeds would help us streamline our work, and give it greater purpose.