Balancing Tasks and Relationships
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - Joe Kiedinger
From my experience, when people come into the office Monday morning they have different goals and different ways of measuring the success of their day.
Some folks drive into work mentally making lists of all the things they want to get accomplished. They prefer a quieter environment and keep to themselves a bit more than others. They are task-focused.
Some folks can’t wait to ask their co-workers about their weekend. They prefer an environment full of socialization and seek out other people. They are relationship-focused.
And other folks are a blend of the two.
To be a successful leader, no matter what your role in the company, you need to have a happy marriage of both. We are all leaders because we all influence other people through our actions. Leadership = getting things done through people. They’re two separate dynamics and we can’t just focus on one or the other. The key is accomplishing the tasks at hand while also building relationships!
If we focus too much on tasks, there is little opportunity for teamwork to develop. If we focus too much on relationships, there is less time to get work accomplished.
We need to work with one another, identifying our co-workers’ strengths, and divvying up tasks accordingly. We need to foster an environment that encourages teamwork, trust, and respect. Because when this magical formula comes together it drives your business to the next level!
ACTION PLAN: How’s your personal balance of tasks and relationships? What steps can you take today to even the scale?