When you put in an hour or two after dinner, you may feel productive. But working before bedtime could be hurting your company’s growth. Working before bedtime is a sign that something is wrong in your culture. Take a look at what your second shift of work costs you in today’s behind the scenes. You may rethink your habit of working before bedtime.
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Working Before Bedtime: The Transcript
Disclaimer: This transcript was created using YouTube’s translator tool and that may mean that some of the words, grammar, and typos come from a misinterpretation of the video.
When does your second shift start? I talk to a lot of leaders, and there’s a little bit of humor behind this, but the second shift is a time when you prepare yourself, for the next day, making sure that you’re not burdened by all the stuff that you’re carrying on from the current day. That second shift is a very powerful thing if you know how to use it. But here’s the thing, what is it costing you to have a second shift? Is it costing you time with your family?
Is it costing you time just to relax and really rejuvenate yourself? What is your second shift costing you? Well, only you can answer that. If you’re completely happy the way things are, the way how much you work, all the hours that you put in, then you should continue doing your second shift. But if you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re feeling over-scheduled, you wanna make sure that you realize that the second shift may not be what you need. So what do you need instead? Well, what about different processes around your email, so that you don’t have to feel like you have to do it at the end of the day, and you have that second shift? What about different processes and empowering your team to the next level?
All of the things are necessary for you, to make sure that you’re focused on the right things for your business. I did talk to a client the other day, and he joked and said, “I decided to work half time.” And I said, “Oh, really? “That’s different, I haven’t heard you say this before.” He goes, “Oh yeah, [6:00] AM to [6:00] PM.” So that was his halftime. He was only gonna put 12 hours in a day. Now I know that that is a little bit of humor from him, but it takes a lot to run a business when you haven’t empowered others. And you have to accept that if you have a second shift, partly it’s because you haven’t empowered those around you, to take ownership of their work.
My job is to help leaders understand these things for themselves. I work with founders, CEOs of fast-growth companies, to help them go beyond where they are today. I help their teams go at work at a different level, and optimize that working relationship, with some of the tools and strategies I have. I’m an executive coach, so if you know what that is, you know how valuable it is for those that see themselves as always growing and always evolving.
My name is Gene Hammett, I’d love to help you if there’s any way I can. When you think about leadership or you think about growth, make sure you think of Growth Think Tank, that’s the podcast for founders and CEOs, of fast-growth companies. As always, lead with courage, I’ll see you next time.
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