We honor the producers of our organizations. People who step in and solve problems are worth their weight in gold. They are rewarded and enjoy being needed and saving the day.
Production and accomplishment of goals are celebrated – understandably. But sometimes producers are so focused on meeting schedules, producing deliverables, meeting deadlines, and keeping crews producing that they miss the inevitable business consequence of a production mindset: delivering a production-oriented value has a ceiling in terms of career trajectory. This will get them to the middle level quickly, and they won’t go further any faster.
If you are a leader, what do you identify as your core value offering? And what do you expect from your team? Want a culture of production?
Maybe instead of producing, we should think more.
When we foster a production culture, people adopt a tick the box, do it, move on to the “next thing” mindset. Endless to-do lists. Leaders who are production-oriented ask questions about production, such as “When can you do it? What will you do? How many can we produce?
A culture of reflection, on the other hand, encourages us to ask ourselves and our teams different questions, such as “What do you think? Is this the best way? Are we going in the right direction? Is this a valuable project? »
Becoming a thinking culture is difficult. The problem with reflection is that it takes discipline and time. It’s not an accident, it just doesn’t work well between meetings. This can rarely happen when we are dragged into the tyranny of urgency. Thought, real thought, is intentional; it is planned and prioritized.
Leaders who get this schedule blocks time on their calendar to reflect. During this time, they read articles, they examine new trends and technologies that could impact their industry, and they do an environmental scan on competition and potential threats so they can anticipate different outcomes. When they block that time, they keep it sacred. And this block is visible to everyone, including their teams. It can help set the tone for a culture of thought.
Intentional thinking like this fosters creativity, innovation, and vision.
If we don’t give ourselves and our teams time to reflect, we’ll be stuck in the same rut forever. Boost your culture and career by doing more thinking.
Aaron Fulkerson is a partner at the consulting firm Schnake Turnbo Frank.