• James Walton

The Best Use of a Leader's Time

Overwhelm is real and activities necessary to running a business can easily swamp even the most capable leaders.

When that happens, keep this handy rule of thumb in mind:

The best use of a leader's time is the activity that will free up more of the leader's time in the future.*

When you're not sure how to proceed and the task list and project stack feel suffocating, focus on the work that can be done now that will enable other individuals or processes to do the work in the future.

This is often the work, like training, documentation, or delegation that seems less urgent in the moment but is most critical in the long run.

If you want to find ways to grow the business, you have to find ways to find, train, equip and reward competent folks to do much of what you're doing now.

Fight hard for the time to do the non-urgent but highly important work of doing the work that will buy you more time in the future.

*Thanks to Bruce Tulgan's excellent book, The Art of Being Indispensable at Work for the kernel of this idea.


At Trellis Group, we believe chaos is the enemy of the small business. It's our mission to partner with small business owners and their teams to develop the managerial practices and processes to crush chaos.

If you feel overwhelmed and need a proven system to focus on the next best thing, we can help. Companies who work with us see revenues go up, anxiety go down, and work becomes a force multiplier for good in the lives of your people.

Reach out to discover how the Trellis Group can help you crush chaos.


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