What about 4 minutes and 11 seconds? We’ll get back to that in a couple more minutes, if I can borrow your time for some moments.

I know a lot of people in leadership positions who are always busy. They’re so busy that if you ask them if they can spare 5 minutes of their time they’ll tell you “no”.

What are they doing? In their minds they’re managing. They’re putting out fires, teaching someone how to do something, fussing (this is a Southernism that means complaining about a person or something) with someone about something, sitting in or conducting meetings, on and on and on.

I’m here to tell you that if you, as a manager or leader, are doing this type of thing all day long, you’re probably not very good. Yes, I put that in your face, and hopefully now that I have your attention we can proceed.

No one can do it all, no matter what the business is. So many people are scared to train others to know what they know and as much of it as they know. So many others say they don’t have the time to train someone else to learn what they know.

Of course both of these are a lot of nonsense.

If you hold people back because you’re worried you’ll lose your job, either you’re not very good at it or you don’t have enough confidence in your abilities. You also hurt the team because your employees will always be held back by that bit of knowledge you refuse to share.

If you don’t take time out to train someone else to do some of the things you do, you’ll never have time to do some of the other things you’re supposed to be doing, or might want to do, because you’re scrambling around hoping to find the time to get to those things. Not only will that not ever happen, but you never find out who’s capable of taking on more work or even some leadership roles here and there.

If you’re always on the go and never have any moments to think, you can never do your job properly. No business grows without some thinking time. If you’re one of those people who’s frenetic as a manager while you’re at work, you probably don’t leave the job at work when you go home. That doesn’t do anyone much good, no matter how good you are.

Back to the original question. Do you have 5 minutes where you can just sit back and relax, or talk to someone, no matter what the conversation is about? I have found that I learn the most about what’s going on when I could take some time to talk to others, whether they were in my department or not. They might not even know that they’re helping you out, and you might not know it either.

Sometimes, all it takes is 5 minutes to sit down and gain some perspective, or to just put your mind at peace. Sometimes it can be even a shorter period; do you have 4 minutes and 11 seconds to watch a calming video with a little bit of calming music in the middle of your busy day? Think about it, or else watch this little video and just calm down. A brief break and some peace in your mind; do you really not have enough time for something like this?

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