Juggling your tasks, team & individuals

As a Manager, there are so many things to juggle.  It can be difficult trying to decide what to focus your attention on.  A great model to help you with this is John Adair’s ‘Action Centred Leadership’ model.

The parts of the model are commonly represented by three overlapping circles and include:

The idea is that managers and leaders should be in control of each of the three main parts of the model and should be able to focus in on any one of the areas, according to the situation. If you get the balance right, you’ll reap the rewards. Your team are more likely to hit their targets, your team will be happier, trust will increase and potentially, productivity will increase as a result.

It’s easier said than done though. Dedicate all your time to the task, and you’ll lose sight of your team and individuals. Dedicate all your time to your team and individuals and you’ll have a happy camp.  However, you won’t hit any of your targets as you’ll have taken your eye off what needs to be achieved.

The PU View

Some may say the model is a little simplistic, but we think its simplicity is its strength.  It’s so easy to remember and we really enjoy sharing it with our delegates.  It always makes them sit back and reflect on whether they’ve got the balance right.

It helps to take some time to reflect on the following questions:

  • Do you dedicate too much time to one area?
  • What are the consequences of this?
  • What can you proactively do to get the balance right?

Other resources

There’s one book that we highly recommend on this topic and that’s; Effective Leadership’,  How to Be a Successful Leader’ by the man himself, John Adair.

Listen to Mike discuss this model in a little more depth in this short video on our YouTube channel.

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