Begin with a few dedicated minutes before you begin your workday to get organized and set your intentions. Avoid distraction; let others know you can’t be disturbed, turn off your e-mail alerts and close your door, if you have one. It’s a great discipline to create this early morning personal space that will help you to be at your best every day.
Take time to think rather than just react. Regularly sorting through your “to-dos” and deciding which of them you can say “no” to, delegating, and prioritizing whatever else needs to be done is necessary for allowing you to focus your energy on what matters most.
Notice when someone needs your ear instead of hustling off to do whatever is next or talking at them. Put away diversions (i.e., the cellphone), turn and face those you talk to. Look them in the eye and listen deeper than you ever have. You might find that you really don’t need to say much at all.
Don’t judge —
Make dialog a part of every team meeting. Instead of doing all of the talking to your team, invite them into conversation with wide-open questions, your curiosity and your best listening. You don’t need to have all the answers — just the right attitude and some great questions, which you can formulate during your personal sacred time. Some examples:
- What are we doing well?
- What can we do to foster our best teamwork?
- How can I encourage excellence from you and the rest of our organization?
Remember as a driver you ARE a business man- you own a business- your bi\uisness may have 18 wheels BUT it is still a business and YOU are the leader and the boss.