I Want To Be Alone! Thinking Strategically Like LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner


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Do you find yourself getting caught in the ‘day to day’? Do you sometimes find you’re always on the back foot and being too reactive? Well, you’re not alone! It’s a challenge that many business leaders face (and one of the many reasons they come on our business development programmes!). So what to do about it?

As CEO of LinkedIn, Jeff Weiner regularly blocks time out in his diary just to be alone! Realizing he had little time to think, he opted for what he initially thought was an “indulgence” – he started scheduling ‘nothing’ in his diary!

He explains on Fast Company that his scheduling nothing are his “buffers” that is, 30 to 90 minute blocks of time without meetings. And rather than a kind of indulgence, Weiner realized the free spaces were “absolutely necessary” for him to do his job!

“As the company grows larger … you will require more time than ever before to just think: Think about what the company will look like in three to five years; think about the best way to improve an already popular product or address an unmet customer need; think about how you can widen a competitive advantage or close a competitive gap”

It’s a great example of working ‘ON’ the business, not just ‘IN’ it, and something that we regularly highlight as a key ingredient in effective leadership. Many leaders recognise the need to create time to ‘think strategically’ – The challenge, as ever is to do something about it!

Well, why not take a leaf out of Jeff Weiner’s book, and block some time in yours?

Go on, create an appointment with yourself and do some ‘strategic thinking’! You know it makes sense!

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Andy Hanselman
Hi there! I help businesses and their people create competitive advantage by 'Thinking in 3D'! That means being 'Dramatically and Demonstrably Different'! I research, speak about, write about and work with businesses to help them maximise their sales and marketing, their customer service and their customer relationships.


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