I know, you’re not POTUS. Nor are you a decorated General. But, the Chief of Staff role has expanded into the private sector. The early adopters of this new role are quietly reaping the results. It's an edge for the modern executive. Couldn't you use an edge?
I’ve sat through exec team meetings every week for the last 4 years. Some good, most okay, some downright bad. The better meetings all happened to include a meeting leader focused on making the most out of the time. The worst? They relied on the group to figure it out on the fly.
Tullman uses the crutch of annual budget planning to kickstart this idea, encouraging leaders to be ruthless about how they allocate their resources and to reward only those projects, departments, and individuals that make an outsized impact on the bottom line.
I adopted a system I called “scrum-lite” that revolved around a daily-standup, a whiteboard, and many many post-its. I was like a fish out of water managing my ballooning team, including a second layer below me, and I needed a system that would give me confidence in both our progress and direction.