I was talking to an NRG member, Phil Cheesman, the other day. Phil was observing that he saw many business people leading fairly chaotic business lives.
They never seem to have time to sit back and think strategically about where the're going and how the're going to get there, let alone do anything substantial about it. Instead, they end up conducting a daily series of fire-fighting actions which leads to inefficiency, frustration and stress. In the worst-cases, the stress can manifest itself in tiredness, grumpiness, depression and deteriorating personal relationships.
He calls this the "chaotic business syndrome". Typical indicators are:
- there are too many things you could/should be doing
- you can't see the wood for the trees
- you find it difficult to prioritise tasks effectively
- you are "running hard to stay still"
- you become forgetful and make mistakes
- you're too busy to grow the business
If that sounds like you, you should consider early actions to escape from the spiral before it's too late.
The trouble is, when there are more things you could be doing than there are hours in the day to do them, how do you choose which tasks to do and which to drop or delegate when they all look equally important or can only be done by you? Well the obvious answer is to identify the really important tasks that have to be done by you and then focus on doing them. OK, so how do you do that?
Phil describes what can be done in his article Sorting out the Chaos. The process is called strategic management.