Transcript (Wednesday, January 26, 2022. Raw unedited text.):
"Welcome back this is bradley waldrop in well we're going to record in my mobile recording studio was just nowhere nearly as good. Yeah it's at the recording studio i normally use but it is what it is and i. Just i just had an experience that reminded me of. Start of some of my pasta. Some of the reasons why i ended up so frustrated in my career and that most of it was my own doing and i'm hoping that maybe. We could get you past it so that it's not of your doing. For a long time. I thought that i was much much much more important to my company. I was working on the longer my to-do list was i had an unrealistic understanding of my own work. And i am really honestly thought if i do a lot and everybody sees i do a lot. Can i bring a lot of value every single day. There was a time. Where. I started using a. The franklin covey. Organizer and i use the franklin covey organizer off and on throughout my career don't use them on anymore. But one of the things that was real interesting about it if you remember those it's on the right hand side there was an action item list of things that you were going to do. And i got you a point where. I had multiple pages of that so i actually would print out. Any size piece of paper 8 half by 11 cut in half. With a to-do list and it was most pages rather than rewriting it everyday i would just move it over. The next day. If i remember correctly i was somewhere in southern california i think i was in a conference room it was pretty mediocre. Anyway. In that environment right there's a rumors 12 of us are all hoveround conference room conference room table. And. Doublehead said in all that they are like three or four things to do and i thought i was cool and so i said well i just counted mine up to the number and get them all done like 42 things on my to-do list. Everyone on the team they're collected me like i was crazy and i was but i was pounding my chest i thought that was free. I didn't realize was i was signaling to them that i didn't understand how to manage my own time out of say yes to the right thing to say no to the right thing. How to trust that other people will get stuff.. Well. Also. Jordan amadeus i was remembering that story cuz i kind of was going through a similar experience this week. Not with me but with somebody else that's a friend of mine. Can i realize that that. My friend is so busy that he can't do his own job and he can't do it well. When. Given the opportunity to escape that he's real hesitant to give up. To-do list. I can't drive dive into his. Mental attitude i can't. I'll be his psychiatrist and ask him at all if all those things are doulas because he feels insecure with its own job and insecure with his own abilities and insecure about his own set of values. Bring value to the team. But if i were a betting man at least 50% of that last has to do with him just wanted to feel important. If you really want to feel important. Adrian a leadership position now is the time to start. Training staff so they can grow in their career put them in positions. To take things off of your to-do list to stretch. In that stretch be available to help someone but don't you don't have to hold her hand. So here's the idea. You go through your to-do list you identify the stuff that's best for you. best for you you you identify things that the people around you could stretch into as a roll and then you start giving it away to them. Trusted to get it done but then you verify like crazy. Are you getting it done have the resources you need do you need additional training and when they start to gasp for air. Because. They are being overwhelmed. Then you could step in. And walk through what they've tried. How they've done it before what ways they like to do a different what's holding them back from doing it different. That's real leadership. Leadership is not holding onto all of the tasks. Every single day and just sort of spoon feeding them to your true. It is casting a vision for them it is giving them very clear understanding what the expectations are what the expected outcome is what the resources available to them are and allowing them to actually try it out but we need to make mistakes in order to grow in our own career if you remember back when you did homework in college. And you are being taught. What to get to where you are you had to make some mistakes some of those mistakes you felt bad for. But you learn problem and you moved on. Also some of those mistakes. You made. And you and you were sort of chastise for making them well that's an environment that's not real good for leadership right if you if you're in a highly controlled environment like their managers everywhere who are just pressing you down. Then you don't have the latitude to make mistakes and you start to cripple that environment cripples the the the growth. Or other people around you so he got to take a deep breath. You got to start dishing things off of your to-do list. And when you do dish things off your to-do list you will be applauded for allowing people to grow. You will be. Highly valuable because they you can train someone to do your job so you get a chance to do a different job. And your team will respect you for trusting them along the way. Taylor creek take away from today pick take away from this week. If you have a ton of things on your to-do list. You have to reassess. It's either because you don't trust it somebody else can do it as fast as you or someone is can do it as good as you or you're afraid to give it away because you don't want folks to feel. To see you with a short to-do list like you're expendable. That is not what the value is that you bring on a day-to-day basis. As a leader you bring a lot of value because you're providing an environment for people to grow you are coaching them into a new role at a new position you are guiding the team to get to the end. And there's a lot of value for that. To include. The value that you provide to your client for being a good leader. Value provided to your employees. Being a good leader. To your supervisors to your bosses to the folks that are running your organization and lucky if it's you running the organization you're doing yourself a huge favor for getting out in front. The momentum that's in the organization to. Start giving some things away and and do some testing and make sure that it works. Edit the folks that you're giving it to or set up for some success. All i want for you to do is drop me a line at bradley at waldrop communications.com that's bradley at walbro and let me know. What is holding you back from. Giving things away off of your to-do list or. Send me a note and tell me how great it is knowing that you don't have to be buried by all the things on your to-do list and you can really help the rest of the team bro i want to hear from you all right until the next time take care."