Capacity Conversations

Capacity Conversations

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What Capacity Is Your Team Working At?

Many leaders ignore the state of their team members. You don’t want to play your speakers at 100% because then they get muffled and stressed out. The same goes for under utilizing your sound system. The same is true for your team.


It’s easy to assume that everyone is working their tails off. You walk by the room and see some of your team is on Facebook—so you hope and assume that they’re on Facebook doing some sort of market research.

The opposite is common as well—piling on way to much work and expectation on people. That’s a fast track to burn out.

Team is the most important aspect of a growing company. Under-utilizing people is death to your company.

  • FACT #1: Normal employees don’t raise their hands when there’s nothing to do.
  • FACT #2: Many people don’t know what to do next. “Now what?” Self-initiative is more valuable then diamonds.

“The best way to guarantee you have a job tomorrow is to not finish all the work your boss asked of you today. Wait, that’s not right. Sorry, I’m thinking like a government employee again.”

You must work hard to make self-iniative part of your culture.

I recently asked my team to rank on a scale of 0 to 100 percent, what capacity each of them individually working at. They all gave answers ranging from 20 to 60 percent.

If everyone is at an average of 30% capacity, it means that three people are doing one person’s job. It means that the salary overheads are 3x more than they should be.

What would our African economies look like if every individual increased their self-iniatiive and doubled their capacity?

(photo via groucho)