Are you a leader doing other people’s jobs? Why to try and apply for your own job & building connection in a disconnected workplace
27th February 2022 Evolution Partners Newsletter
“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” – Jim Rohn
Hope you’re Thriving!
It’s been a busy week with a 2-day annual planning workshop and a speaking event for YPO Sydney, talking about Made to Thrive. One of the things I discussed during the talk and in the book Made to Thrive is the problem of leaders doing other people’s jobs instead of focusing on their own five roles as a CEO. This week in the podcast, Kevin and I talk about the problem of leaders accidentally doing other people’s jobs and the price they pay for this. See below for more info on this.
Apply for your job
An interesting thing I heard this week is the idea that once per year, a CEO should apply for a job at their own company under a different name to see how maddening the process is for candidates. But, with algorithms increasingly controlling applicants and systems with complex processes, could it be possible that you are, in fact, unknowingly pushing away potential candidates?
Building connection in a disconnected workplace
Another way to think of the Great Resignation is the “Great Disconnection”.
In the wake of the pandemic and the vast shift to flexible work from anywhere policies, 65% of workers say they feel less connected to their co-workers. Employee disconnection is one of the main drivers of voluntary turnover, with lonely employees costing U.S. companies up to $406 billion a year.
An HBR article released this week outlines the four tools to help your team build stronger relationships at work;
- Make workplace connection a ritual.
- Make it easier to ask for support.
- Make onboarding more experiential.
- Make recharging a reality.
Read the article here How Leaders Can Build Connection in a Disconnected Workplace
This week I came across Anthym which is a tool to help your team build stronger relationships at work. The company describes it as an online tool to create more authentic human connections in the remote-first workplace. It’s a little like an EO or YPO lifeline set to music; when bringing a team together or onboarding a new hire into a team, Anthym curates a 5-moment intro on a card to music. It does this by asking each person on the team a series of questions and curating the introductions to music. From what I’ve heard from users, it takes the lifeline to a new level and helps teams overcome the problem in the previous HBR article of building connection in a disconnected workplace.
This week on The Growth Whisperers podcast
Many leaders accidentally find themselves doing other people’s jobs. They try to help other people, but often that help creates more damage than they know. If you’re doing other people’s jobs, then you are preventing the person from having full autonomy, and accountability for their job, plus, you’re not doing your job.
This week we discuss a trap that many leaders fall into, unintentionally doing other people’s jobs.
Are you unintentionally doing other people’s jobs?
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