Managers who invest their discretionary time in their teams are more likely to succeed. Period. If you are reading this right now at the office, get up, and head over to the desk of someone on your team.
That person’s reaction as you approach will likely be this: “oh no, here comes more work”. Why? Because your team is used to you only showing up with a deadline or project attached to your visit. That is the mindset that positive pop-ins can change.
Show up and talk about your families. Movies. Sports. Then feel free to ask how you can help with a project. Great managers connect. Great managers clear paths for their teams. Great managers perform positive pop-ins.