Few things will kill morale more quickly. Either in endless meetings where nothing meaningful happens, or at the end of a day spent putting out meaningless fires – sometimes you look up and realize that an entire day of your productivity has drifted off into the ether. It can be disheartening.
Or, how about dealing with that person that just wants gossip for 15 minutes, or wants to pull a team together to hash out details of a project she could (and should) simply decide alone. Come one, you’re thinking of someone right now – because this happens in every workplace.
You’re a high performer. You care deeply about your work – and you’re good at it. How do you spend the vast majority of your time working on things that make an impact? Challenge and decline meeting invitations. Empower people to make decisions without your input (and back them up). Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask if this is worth the time being spent on it. Take a stand.
I like to call this “working at scale” – focusing the bulk of your energy on tasks and ideas that move the dial. I read a great article that summed it up even better – “Feed the eagles, starve the turkeys.”
Go forth – feed the eagles!