There are 2 books I recommend to everyone who asks.
The first is Linchpin by Seth Godin. If you read and and buy in to the ideas in that book, I’ll tell you to read the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey.
The first book is about making the choice that you have the permission to make the decisions and do the work/have the life you want to have.
The second book talks about what to do once you have made that choice.
There is a principle the the second book that is foundational to the way I approach work, the way our systems are set up, and the way I try to approach my personal life.
The principle is work on the important work first.
Important work keeps you from having urgent work.
It’s proactively communicating, so you don’t end up with unnecessary questions.
It’s writing job descriptions and creating measurement metrics, so you don’t end up with people spinning their wheels.
It’s holding one-on-one meetings with your direct reports so problems don’t sneak up on you.
It’s sales before you need it. It’s recruiting employees before you have the pain. It’s making decisions ahead of possible events so you know how you are going to react when that event comes up.
If I am overwhelmed, stressed, out of control, angry, frustrated, etc., it’s because I am not working on the important.
I don’t get this right all of the time, but when I do, things run smoother and growth happens faster.