When you’re so busy you don’t have time to think, it’s time to work smarter. And if you spend all your time putting out fires, you’re living on the fire grounds; it’s time to build a firehouse.
First, get a firehouse. A “firehouse” is time or space in which you gain perspective, build relationships, learn and reflect. It could be a period of time you don’t check your email or maybe lunch with a colleague.
Next, get more time in the firehouse. That doesn’t have to mean a lot of it; it could be going to work 15 minutes early to think through the day or taking a moment in a team meeting to find out what challenges your colleagues are facing.
Finally, you also need to find more firehouse time for your team to build personal connections, learn new skills and reflect on the team’s efforts after fighting a fire.
In this Three Things video, Darden Professor Lynn Isabella explains three keys to the firehouse that will lead to more meaningful results.