We’re all busy people, and it’s easy to get spend most of our days with our heads down, just focusing on pushing through our task lists. But unfortunately, when we spend too much time grinding through our to-do lists, we tend to lose perspective.

What’s perspective?

  • See the big picture:  You need to understand what your company does and what your boss does.  Get to know why customers buy your product.  Find out what makes your company different and better than it’s competitors.  Part of a leader’s role is to stay focused on the larger goals vs. getting buried in the day to day.
  • Consider another point of view:  Sometimes it’s really frustrating when you want something and you don’t get it.  But if you put yourself in your boss’s shoes, or if you think of the situation from the opposite perspective, you may suddenly see that there’s a good reason why people are saying no.
  • Learn before you move on:  When we’re moving so quickly, we don’t always take the time to learn from what we did wrong and what we did right on each project.
  • Be patient:  Sometimes it’s just not the right time for a particular idea to work.  If you are getting resistance, sit back and see if there’s a reason why others are saying no.  Don’t assume that just because you can’t have something right now, you can never have it.

As a manager, it’s important to strike the right balance between getting things done, and stepping back to think about what you and your team are doing. It’s a good idea to build some time into every week where you’re not scheduled for meetings, and you can take a moment to evaluate what’s going well, and what might need to change.


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