Why Small Business Owners Need to Implement Mindful Management
Being an effective leader within your organisation requires a strong work ethic and the ability to guide those on your team to work toward success. Taking a more mindful approach to managing your team can help you to bring out the best in people, and develop and grow your firm's next generation of leaders.
Mindfulness can be defined as a “psychological process of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment”. Many people use mindfulness as an approach to self-improvement and wellbeing, but it can also be used in a business context.
With countless projects, tasks and employees to manage, it's easy for managers to feel drained and over-whelmed. Whilst future objectives should always be considered, you and your management team shouldn't be juggling multiple tasks at one. Instead, a mindful approach to business encourages managers to slow down, take a breath and focus on doing one thing (and devote your whole attention on doing that one thing, properly).
Being a more mindful manager requires good prioritisation and task management skills. For example, you could identify the 3 most important things that you need to do today. Focus on these tasks and move on to the less important things only once you have completed your key tasks for the day.
At GrowFactor, we implement the Tony Robbins Three to Thrive technique. Every morning each team member identifies what three things they can do that day to have a successful day. However, for the technique to work you need to select realistic daily targets that enable you to reach your ultimate goals.
For example, your ultimate goal might be 'bring in £100k in sales revenue by end of Q1.' Therefore, your three to thrive wouldn't be 'hit the sales target for Q1' if you are only two days into the quarter! Instead, it might be:
- Review sales dashboard
- Reach out to 5 leads that haven't signed off their proposal yet
- Upsell additional services to 2 clients
In addition to focusing on key tasks, a mindful manager will block out time daily to focus on the ultimate vision of the organisation. At the end of each day, analyse what was your biggest achievement and what will you do tomorrow to further reach your goals.
Furthermore, make sure to block out time for people management. Use this time to connect with the members of your team, ask questions and allow them time to ask you questions. Every morning we get our entire team on a Zoom call to discuss our achievements from the previous day and commitments for the day ahead. This is a great opportunity to be aware of what is happening internally within your team, as well as offer an opportunity for employees to raise 'stucks' they currently have that need answered by the team before they can perform a task.
In order to make the most of your people management time, avoid distractions including phone calls or emails - only check your emails and messages 3 times a day! Not only will you be more productive but your team members will appreciate you taking the time to really listen to them and they will feel more valued as a result.
If you don't yet have a clear vision and need help unlocking your potential as a business leader then book in for a free Momentum Coaching Session with a senior GrowFactor coach. No strings attached.
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