I am tired of seeing burnt out leaders.
It ticks me off ever time someone starts beating themselves up because they are disorganized, because they messed up, when they dropped a ball or they are reminded once again that they cannot be everything to everyone.
It is NOT your fault!
You are not disorganized!
You messed up because you are overloaded with responsibilities.
"It's not the same as it used to be" said a middle aged Team Leader to me last week.
No, you have got that right! It is not.
Instead of managing one group home a few years back, she now has two. Yet she has no more resources than she had a year ago. She echo's a similar story for a lot of leaders.
We have hit the tipping point.
Actually, we passed it a while back! We cannot pile any more work on to Leaders. They are doing more and more and more and struggling to do it well. They are dropping things, messing things up and making unnecessary errors. Then, they feel bad for this. They blame themselves and damage their confidence in the process. What is really happening is that they are tasked with way more than is humanly possible for one person to do.
Are you one of these leaders?
It's time to put your foot down. It is time to say"NO". It is time to say "I can do only this much."
I am not talking about delegating necessarily. Those below you have more than they can handle in most situations also. It is about truly saying "NO! We don't need to do that, pick that up or be responsible for that."
"NO! I will not attend that meeting."
Send me the minutes and I will look over them if/when I have the time and it is truly a priority."
"NO, I will not complete that report by tomorrow morning."
I will however focus my attention on it three days from now when I am finished dealing with this priority issue that is in front of me."
"NO, I cannot cover off that program and deal with the things on my plate right now too."
I can however provide you with a template I used to check off everything I need to make sure is in place when I go away for a week and give responsibly of the program to someone else.
"No, I already have more than I can handle. "
Listen here as I encourage you to say "No" more often.
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