Peter Bregman, CEO of Bregman Partners, surveyed 400 leaders, and 380 of them pointed to three big time-wasters: unnecessary meetings, unimportant emails and drawn-out PowerPoints.
In your role as a leader, working with people is essential, and it takes time. And sometimes, you might be asked to help with something that’s a priority for others, but not for you.
The question, says Bregman, boils down to this: How can we spend time where we add the most value and let go of the rest?
He recommends asking yourself three questions, when someone comes to you with a request:
- Am I the right person?
- Is this the right time?
- Do I have enough information?
If you answer no to any one of those questions, then don’t do it. Forward an email request to a better person, schedule a meeting for another time, or wait until you or the other person gathers the information you need.
The irony, says Bregman, is “we try to be so available because we want to be helpful. And yet being overwhelmed ... is exactly what will make us unhelpful.”
— Adapted from 18 Minutes, Peter Bregman.