In a post today on the Harvard Business Review blog, Marshall Goldsmith makes this very important point:
“People have less time today, which means the value of that time has increased. Leaders who waste their workers’ time are not looked upon favorably.”
I’d simply add that this applies to co-workers as well. If you make an effort to be sure that you’re using your portion of the meeting time and presentation time well, your colleagues and staff will notice and appreciate it.
The challenge, of course, is asking ourselves which details are truly relevant to the situation at hand. We’d love it if others were interested in the full back story and all of the supporting reasons for our decisions.
But in practice, we get antsy and impatient when others share more information than we need. We need to get in the habit of remembering this when we’re doing the sharing.
What can you do to make sure you aren’t eating away at others’ time and patience when you have information to share?