Happy New Year!
At Lykki we hold daily team huddles to discuss progress, collaborate and to remove and roadblocks. One comment we have banned from the entire company is the comment about being "too busy" or not having "enough time".
The reason we choose not to use these statements is that everyone on the planet is given the same 24 hours a day to achieve remarkable results. We all have this in common. So it comes down to "what" did you do with the time you were given?
It spotlights that we are all on the same playing field and the discussion during a huddle can move onto how an individual contributed to the team with the time they were given and to give feedback to the team on what roadblocks prevented them from contributing to the level they expected (hitting goals). This results in accountability and problem solving.
When someone says "I don't have the time" in a meeting - how can anyone help? We were all given the same amount each day.
Today I saw this cool coin bank shaped like a giant bolt sitting in our offices. I guess one of our partners placed it to reinforce the "no time, too busy" aspect of our culture and to start a new goal for 2014. The idea is similar to a "swear jar" when you pay a small monetary penalty when you utter inappropriate words. I picked up the bolt bank and there was the sound of a few coins rattling around inside and I think that's a good thing. Nobody's perfect but it shows there is great communication and openness to call each other on the subject.