Momentum Podcast: 746
This Breaks Projects and People
by Alex Charfen
As entrepreneurs we have one timeframe in which we want everything done…
All at once and right away!
I’ve been like this my entire life. It’s not something I try to be, it’s just how I am made. I want things done fast and once I see the vision for something I can’t rest until it’s done.
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For most of my career this negatively affected my teams in a way that I didn’t understand. I didn’t realize that if I put too much pressure on people I would take away their ability to perform, increase anxiety and tension on my team, and eventually I would break projects and people.
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Full Audio Transcript
This is the Momentum podcast. Today, I wanted to check in on this subject that I've been thinking about a lot. It's a subject that I think as business owners that much, maybe we don't maybe we don't examine as much as we should as business owners. And that is that, you know, I'll be honest with you, I'll be candid with you as an entrepreneur.
There is one time frame that I have wanted stuff done in for my entire career. Let's get a real sense of great back. So I've always wanted things done all at once and right away. Are you the same? Can you can you relate to this feeling of like as soon as I have a vision for a project, I can't rest until it's done. And what happened in a lot of my career is that.
I would compress timelines, I would bring things forward, I would put more pressure on my team, I would say like, hey, this isn't fast enough, we need to do this faster. I wouldn't let the people on my team give me a lot of input. I would just say, like, this is a day we need to buy and here's what would happen over and over again. And it took me forever to realize this in the present. But the more pressure I would put on my team, the more chance that there was that there was some kind of an issue or some kind of a challenge or some kind of a frustration or some type of anxiety that was created.
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Here's what would happen. My team and I would get together, we would all talk about how long would it take to get this project done, how long would it take to get this done? And we would get estimates from each person and we would put together a project plan. And then like a crazy person, I would go and say, great, I've got all the information from my team now. I'm going to compress it all and make it faster and and push them harder and then, you know, like bring it up every day and push push even harder. And what would happen is I would break people on projects. And, you know, I'm lucky, especially in those businesses, that those people stayed with me. I've always had I've always had the discipline of hiring true believers, of hiring people who believe in my cause of hiring people who are excited about the company that I have, who are excited about what we're doing. And so they wouldn't leave necessarily.
But when there's massive pressure on a project, you have massive problems. You know, I look at the world today and this last year and a half of crisis that we've been in. And when you look at some of the projects that have been undertaken in this crisis, you know, there has been to say that there has been undue pressure on some of these projects. It's crazy, I mean, it's such an underestimation when we look at, like, the big solution that has been created for the crisis that we're in, you know, the solution that was just rolled out, you know, as you as you look at the rollout of this solution, what you see is that in talking about this solution, there has been some commitments and promises made to the public, like, hey, if you're willing to do this thing, things will get back to normal.
If you're willing to do this thing, you don't have to cover your face anymore. If you're willing to do this thing, you can get back together with friends and family. If you're willing to do this thing, you're not going to transmit the virus to each other. And so that was the communication we got. That was that was very clear communication. We got I think I even heard something like 100 percent effective or something like that. And now what we're realizing is that this project that was undertaken and what was the name like warp speed, like in Star Trek when they had to go so fast that, like, the the wings almost fell off. I didn't really watch Star Trek, but that's when I'm assuming they'd say, let's go to warp speed. And so what we're it is like faster than normal. Fast is like the fastest fast there is.
And when you look at what's happened, we see, you know, it doesn't matter what side of the argument you're on, there's been miscommunications and misinformation and challenges in the rollout and why maybe, just maybe it's because it was forced to go so fast that what happens, people stop examining all the potential solutions. They don't look at all the potential problems. They they start cutting corners and skipping things and looking more at the deadline that the value that they're really bringing to a project and and that creates challenges. And like I said, it doesn't matter what side of the argument you're on, whether this is a good thing or a bad thing.
The reality is you have to acknowledge that there has been massive, massive challenges and the challenges are so great that it's broken trust with a lot of the public. And here's what happened on my teams over and over again. We would get together, gain consensus, figure out the timeframe for a project. I would come in and say it has to go faster. It has to be faster, you know, has to happen before the election, has to happen before January. Like we heard all those things. And the more I would push, the more chance there was that maybe we had a completed project, but then there was massive challenges with it, or maybe we would get to where we wanted to go. But then we were cleaning up our mess. And so here's a better way to do things.
As an entrepreneur, I've learned this concept really through my wife Cadey, both through working with an amazing coach, Kylie Ryan, and through reading a lot about spirituality and and navigating this world we live in. I've learned this concept of divine timing and divine order that things happen when they need to happen. Things happen when they should. We can have the best of plans and they get interrupted the interruptions of what we should pay attention to. And so now here's how I navigate these situations with my team. We get together and we create consensus. I look at the deadline that they've laid out. I commit to that deadline and I say, you know what, I'm OK with this. If all of this happens by this deadline and it's done well, I'm excited.
Let's do this. Then I give my team the space they need to focus and connect and work with each other and accomplish a project. I step back so that I'm not applying undue pressure or manipulation or anxiety or anything like that. I give them the time and space that they need. And then here's what happens these days. Projects are completed at a very high quality level. The amount of issues that we have afterwards are minimal and they can be taken care of easily.
And when we roll things out, they work. And in retrospect and in the current state I'm in, if I look at all of the times that I'd push projects faster than they they should have gone. And I look at all the times that I allow my team to grade the deadlines and I look at the outcome. Here's what I see consistently on this side where I push things so fast we might have gotten it done faster. But if you include all the corrections and repairs and frustrations and anxiety and everything else that it cost us, it wasn't worth it.
And if I look at this side, what we were doing, things according to the schedule that our team laid out and what we accomplished. When I look at the finish of those projects, they were done well. They succeeded, they worked, and everyone on the team was excited about it. So as entrepreneurs, we can regulate ourselves and give our team the ability to have the time and space they need to complete a project. And my hallucination is if you give your team the time and space to complete a project and you actually give them the deadlines, they ask for it and you respect those deadlines and allow them to use them.
You'll actually get things done in your company far faster, compressing time and pushing people to hard breaks, processes and people and projects. So give your team the time they need. Now, if you're looking for a system where you can have these discussions with your team, where you can understand deadlines, you can understand what they need, you can see everything all at once and understand what's going on, that's what we hope entrepreneurs with. We have a system called the business cadence where this cadence of planning and executing allows you to work with your team, make sure every. Team members fully utilize make sure everyone understands what outcome they're driving for, what you're measuring to see if they're successful and what their individual responsibility is, it is game changing for entrepreneurs.
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