Manage Activities, Not People

The idea: Have 1-on-1 meetings with your team; Don’t delegate, but help set priorities; Manage the key activity, not the person in charge of it.

In that meeting, discuss: What are the top five things you’ve been working on the last two weeks? Do those match to the items you’re accountable for in the 90 Day Plan? What are you doing to advance the careers of the people you lead?


The 1-on-1 meeting structure above really focuses your Team on what actions they’re taking to advance the company’s goals. I’m not delegating things to my Leaders. I’m asking them what they’re doing to advance the goals of the company. They have freedom to attack our top priorities however they see fit, and then I hold them accountable to that.

Good stuff.

See what I’m talking about.