This week my Chief Executive Vistage groups got together in person for the first time in 15 months. Wow! It was so sweet. There were so many lovely side conversations before starting, during breaks and sometimes during the meeting as people reconnected or met for the first time. >
Has anyone studied the actual uses of the Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) loans/forgiveness?
Because the pandemic totally devastated approximately 20% of the economy in sectors like travel, events, hotels and dining, it is hard to imagine how these industries have survived, or how the PPP money could have helped them for long. If they are still surviving, they are maybe 1/3 the size they had been before the pandemic. For them it has been tragic. Hopefully, they will come back as the economy reopens. >
My new Vistage Member looked uncomfortable, well maybe downright unhappy. I was a brand new Vistage Chair and a little uncertain. I put down my notebook and just looked her in the eye and asked, “What’s wrong? You look pretty unhappy.” She sighed deeply. >
As the first year of Covid closes, what have we learned? What will we do again when the pandemic tamps down, and what will never come back? While we have our own lived experience, what does the broader data tell us about budget allocation? >
We have been subjected to so many Covid tests, it is hard to put all of them in categories. And, I don’t mean getting that swab stuck up to my brain and down to my tonsils. Every day, Covid tests our leadership, our mindset and our health habits. >
As we hunker down in Los Angeles for month 7 with COVID getting much worse across the country, I look for inspiration. What is working? How are other countries addressing it? Why are we here, now?
The good news is that not as many people are dying per number of new Covid cases. Our amazing medical professionals and scientists are making progress there. The bad news is it feels the same as March and it’s almost October. We don’t have enough testing, we don’t have enough tracing and there is no vaccine likely before deep into 2021. Meanwhile, unemployment stays well over 10% and many companies and jobs will never come back. >
I was asked to follow up from last week’s post with more hacks for mentoring. New supervisors are often uncomfortable giving direction to those who just recently were peers. Being a first-time supervisor is probably the most difficult step in a leaders journey. So, let’s start with your mental game. >
How often does someone try to delegate up to you? Hey boss, how do I get on the shared drive? Hey boss, what should I say to this difficult customer? Hey boss, should we get a different supplier? >
Today is the Oscars. If you don’t live near Hollywood, you
may not know that they close down Hollywood Boulevard for a week ahead and 2
days after the Oscars. This creates a traffic nightmare that we just move
around like a school of fish turning around a rock. There have been billboards
all over the city especially along the Sunset Strip to tempt the voting Academy
members to choose this movie or that actor. Ads in the L.A. Times. Ads on local
television. And more.
I was thinking of just curling up and watching the inane
pregame, I mean pre-Oscar show, but no, my priority this afternoon is to write
Ok, laugh. Instead of preparing for a work meeting, how
often do you check your email? You walk into your office with no plan for what
you have to accomplish today. You did not break down your long term goals into
2 things you have to accomplish this week. You don’t have KPI’s and quarterly
goals set, with weekly steps to get there. You spend your days in meetings without
agendas, and feel like there must be a better way. There is. Prioritize. Say no
to the meetings someone else can run. Delegate. Do those things that only you
can do or should do. Unless your boss says you need to do it, reconsider why
you say yes to so many requests.
Only when you prioritize the important and break it down
into steps will you reach your goals. When you get clear on what you must do,
then you can take time for other interests without feeling guilty. Turn off
your notifications and read a book, watch a movie or check out the outfits and
the glam at the Oscars. Did your favorites win?