Feeling a bit scattered and overwhelmed at work recently, I created a mind map of my activities. The map showed what I suspected: I take wide aim at too many projects, making it difficult to go deep into any of them.
As I work on fixing this, I find that eliminating activities is not the only solution available. Instead, I can re-focus each activity towards a single goal. Doing so immediately suggests different ways to approach and execute the activities. I now feel that more of what I do is making a greater impact towards a worthy goal.
Perhaps there is a lesson here for the business leader who feels that running her business leaves not time to address culture. She can look at everything she does and ask herself: “If each activity’s goal was to improve the culture, what would it look like? What changes would I have to make?”
Then, suddenly, there is new meaning to the work.
Or, I should say, the work is now more meaningful.