That’s not a typo in the headline.
If you want to become successful as a team leader or manager, you only need to focus on one thing. Outwork and outlearn everybody else.
Let’s be clear. Outwork doesn’t mean being the first one in the room and the last to leave. It also doesn’t imply working long hours, nights, and weekends. Outworking and outlearning everyone else means you’re using your hours wisely.
Not sure where to start or how to implement this tip. Here are some ideas on how to outwork and outlearn your peers.
Establish a Routine
One of the keys to working smarter is establishing your own routine. You might think that this is impossible as every day is different. But if you start writing down or taking notes of every interaction you have, you’ll start noticing some similarities.
For instance, maybe every Monday morning, there will be someone who reaches out to you with an issue. Every Wednesday afternoon, you get booked for a meeting. It might be different every week, but there is also some gathering where you’re required. Work around these events and create a routine within the free spaces. If you don’t have any spare time, then make some by saying no more.
Take Time to Learn the Inner Workings
You don’t need to know how to do every single job within the organisation. However, you should have an understanding of how things work. Some examples are what is the software that gets used in each department? How is the data organised? Finding out the answer to these criticals can help you work a lot smarter.
Not only does it establish a relationship with the team and individuals who utilise these platforms, but it also makes it easier for you when you need information. You’ll be able to ask for the data in a way that will get you the details you need the first time. You might even find that the analyst will make even better recommendations than what you expected.
Stay Up to Date on Trends
It seems obvious, but when you have your head down and are focused on your work, it can be easy to miss what is going on around you. Staying up to date on the trends doesn’t mean you will copy ideas. You want to use them as inspiration where you can put your own spin on it.
As to where you find these trends, start on LinkedIn. Follow as many thought leaders in your industry as you can. But don’t be afraid to venture into other sectors. What are they doing that is improving or enhancing the customer experience? Make this question your primary focus when researching trends.
Consume as Much as You Can
During a lunch break or downtime, make the most of it by consuming as much content as you can. It could be the LinkedIn example above. However, a quick browse on YouTube, Ted, Instagram, and even TikTok will reveal loads of inspirational content that can help you become a better boss.
Search for these details by using hashtags or through questions. It might be how to have a difficult conversation or the definition of different project management terminology. Don’t just watch or read one piece of content related to a subject. The more sources you consume, the better your understanding of the various concepts.
Time to Get Started
Instead of trying to focus on 20 different things, you only need to worry about outworking and outlearning everyone else. The best part about it all is that as you learn more, your confidence will increase. You’ll feel more secure in your role and be able to make decisions faster.
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