In a poorly run business, the Managing Director has both the skills to do ‘every job in the company’ and when push comes to shove, rolls up his sleeves and does them.

However, for me it’s pretty much all about the vision. In fact, I am now so far from the tools and the BCS team are so much smarter than I ever was, saying I could do every job would be arrogant and belittling.

Having clarity of vision for the future of the business is important, but maintaining that vision when external pressures try and push it off track is critical. Vision includes the need to know where you are heading and the steps required to get there.

When we advise new prospects that have internal IT resources that are failing to deliver what they need and expect, we typically find there is no mechanism in place to keep the urgent issues (today’s problems) away from the need to work on the important issues (the tasks which if delivered will make tomorrow a better day).

Managing Directors who allow the ‘urgent’ to push out the ‘important’ tend to be those who also can’t manage to maintain their vision. It’s more than time management. It’s a way of life!

I wasn’t always so righteous about this topic. Heck, I used to be the worst culprit. I would chase anything shiny and get drawn into the issues of the day and having started in business in 1989, I had a lot of un-learning to do of some very bad business behaviours. My journey to becoming a better Managing Director started about 4-years ago when I started learning. I have invested hours in attending training sessions, peer support groups and reading. Lots and lots of reading (Even when on holiday).

Why do I mention it here? On the BCS Blog site? Well, we have lots of customers and even more prospects who are on the same journey of discovery and I think that I can help some of them get to where they want to be. I blog about the books I read (www.garethjohns.co.uk/blog), including details of what I learned from the books and in many cases, how I implemented the lessons learned within Business Computer Solutions.

Here are links to the book review blog articles I have published in the last couple of years:

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

Switch by Chip & Dan Heath

Make a Difference by Dr Larry Little

Made to Stick by Chip & Dan Heath

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith

It’s Not About You by Bob Burg & John David Mann

TED Talks Storytelling by Akash Karia

Evolve or Become Obsolete by David Shaw

Go-Givers Sell More by Bob Burg & John David Mann

The 5 Languages of Appreciation by Gary Chapman & Paul White

The Snowball Effect by Andy Bounds

The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E Gerber

Getting Naked by Patrick Lencioni

Traction by Gino Wickman

The Referral Engine by John Jantsch

So, in answer to the obvious question, ‘How do I find time to read and write book reviews?’, well, I don’t roll my sleeves up any more … I just do the work of a Managing Director.

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