Most entrepreneurs suffer from what I call A.D.O.S. That stands for Attention Deficit Oh Squirrel.
The reality is Entrepreneurs and CEOs are often “Quick Starts” (a term from KOLBE A Profile I have all the CEOs I coach/mentor do). CEOs have an idea, and they launch right into wanting to do it that day. They return from conferences or events like EO, YPO & Vistage put on monthly with multiple great ideas or new systems that “will only take a few minutes to do”.
They rarely follow one of my favorite mantras “Plan, Brief, Execute, De-brief” instead they often get dragged kicking and screaming into planning meetings. They would rather quickly delegate/abdicate their “great ideas” and start things really quickly, passing them off to their bewildered teams often before the people are ready to run with them. Don’t get me wrong, the CEOs ideas are often bang on and perfect, however, they are often not as urgently needed to get started on and can wait a quarter or two.
CEOs can tend to get angry if their teams don’t run with their ideas as quickly as they want them to. And these entrepreneurs often feel an urgency to start the idea right now.
The reality is they just need a system to keep track of their ideas. And if they have a simple system in place to know their ideas won’t get lost, they’re more OK with starting them when the time is right.
Every quarter the team can vote on which ideas to start, which ideas to keep on the list, and which ideas to to finally throw out. At least the entrepreneurs ideas are kept somewhere safe.
Save the Entrepreneur from themselves by giving them a place to store their ideas and putting a system in place to allow the teams to vote on when to start them.