A friend introduced me to a little management tool he’d come across that I thought was useful enough to share. First, a diagram:
The basic idea is that your staff (and you) will be happiest when you find your sweet-spot – that place where what you should do, what you actually do, and what you enjoy doing intersect. Of course there are seasons and activities which mean we’ll necessarily operate outside of the sweet-spot, but in general you’ll get most out of yourself and others if you operate mostly within it. The tricky thing (for most of us I suspect) is actually putting this stuff into practise.