Who has ever said or thought this ... "I could achieve more if only I can get to what I really need to do..."
Many executives face this situation - sometimes daily!
A big part of the challenge is the way the team, department or company is run. More accurately, often, it's how we are running it.
To help your unit run better it pays to be continually looking back. Not to dwell on past mistakes (we all know we can't fix the past) but to learn key lessons.
Peter Drucker - one of the most celebrated authors and business thought-leaders of the 20th century - said that only about 10% of the decisions management has to make are related to unique situations (things that haven't happened before). The vast majority of our decisions therefore, relate to things that have occured at least once previously.
Here's the challenge - and Peter mentions this too - management often constructs unique solutions to repetitive problems.
What we end up with then, is a potentially huge number of different policies, procedures and systems that keeps getting added to. This is confusing, hard to manage and adds to execution delays and mistakes.
What I strongly encourage is the act of looking back - at least as often as you do your regular planning sessions - and taking stock of what you learned: what worked and what didn't.
When we face a situation that requires us to make a decision let's ask ourselves and our team "has something like this happened before?" Often the answer is yes. And a solution can be found in applying an existing system - or amending one slightly.
If the answer to the above question is no, then you're facing a unique situation which does need new approach.
A phrase that comes about often in management is that "we don't want to re-invent the wheel" however it's easy to do if we're not continually looking for lessons and learning from them.
Make looking back a regular part of your planning process and you'll execute more effectively.
My best wishes
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