I recently scheduled a coaching update for a client I’m working with and his boss, the CEO. This CEO has a huge job, and tons of competing priorities. He’s growing the business, fixing issues, responding to issues raised by his Board, and generally operating at a sprint. I expected that this leader wouldn’t have time to review his leader’s coaching progress, but he surprised me. This CEO said that of all the work he does, his involvement in his leader’s development was the most important focus for the future of the business. This leader who puts people first, protecting his business for the future, inspires me.
I’ve been thinking lately about “Talent Fires”; someone quits, someone gets fired, business grows and you need people, fast. Once the fire starts, we chase around trying to put it out by hiring as fast as we can, avoiding performance management, or promoting people before they’re ready. Of course, it doesn’t have to be this way. Devoting time and energy to your people strategy gives you protection for your future. Easier said than done! With so much pressure on us to deliver results today, it’s tough to dedicate time to your people strategy, since we know that it won’t pay off until the future.
You know that the best team wins. Here’s how to get that team, and still get the rest of your job done:
You don’t have to be a firefighter to be a hero. Like the CEO who sees developing talent as his top priority, you’ll be a hero for your business when you focus on the fuel for your business, not the fire.
I’d love to hear your tips: how do you grow your team for the future while you deliver results today?