Tony Robbins often says, “The quality of your life is the quality of your questions.” My friendly edit would become, “The quality of your leadership is the quality of your questions." On key milestones in
There's no shortage of jokes or complaints about how horrible meetings can be. They're boring. They're pointless. They're a waste of time. Leaders know better. Leaders know that meetings are essential for excellence. Leaders know that meetings are the ultimate lever, capable of producing exponential results. Tom Peters says, "The idea of using "meeting" and "excellence" in the same sentence may strike you as absurd. But, again, if meetings are your principal leadership stage, then they must either be the platform for the aspiration and expression of Excellence or you are not serious about Excellence. A meeting for the leader is pure, unadulterated theater." For your leadership "theater" to be successful, there are several "performances" you'll need to master and add to your portfolio. Each is essential to your team's continued alignment and effectiveness.
As a leader, one of the most important benefits we can give our teams is to be organized and intentional. It's also one of the best feelings we can give ourselves. After coaching dozens of leaders, I'm convinced the best place to start is with our time. Once we master it, we can achieve anything. And without having it under control, little feels possible. As Annie Dillard says, "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." Based on an exercise I learned from Michael Hyatt, the key is to design a template for your week. Here are the steps to create one for your life.
"Leadership" is a verb. It is a mindset, a choice to accept responsibility, empower others, and make a difference. It is available to any of us, regardless of our age, education level, title, or any other characteristic. Once we choose leadership, we must live it. For that, we need a system. I call it the Daily March. This practice is particularly important for leaders.