Why Leaders Should Spend Most of Their Time Managing Bottlenecks | Melanie Parish

Today on Live with Bottleneck, we speak with Melanie Parish and we talk about why leaders need to focus on managing bottlenecks in their business. Melanie is a public speaker, consultant, workshop leader, and Master Certified Coach, through the International Coach Federation.

Defining Bottleneck

Melanie shares with us her story, on how she managed to start a career in I.T. She takes us through her experiences, thought processes, and problem-solving skills and how these skills helped companies overcome the challenges in their businesses. Her advice to managers: remove the short-term bottlenecks in an organization to prepare for the next ones down the road. 

“A bottleneck is the place where your business is constrained. If you can remove it, you can leap forward. There’s always the next bottleneck, there’s always going to be a place that’s the next constraint. If a leader is working on something behind the bottleneck, they’re not having a very big impact because they’re not touching the bottleneck. ” –  Melanie Parish

Avoid Becoming The Bottleneck

Business leaders should look out for important indicators to stop the bottleneck in their business. Leaders who experience decision fatigue must position themselves as the primary decision-maker. These leaders should work hard in paying attention to figure out where to start in overcoming the bottlenecks.

“We have to have exquisite control to remind ourselves to pay attention to the things that are important. It’s so easy to get distracted by zoom calls and meetings. It is so hard to stay exquisitely focused on the work that needs to be done today. but that’s the heart of where you start to make a change. ” –  Melanie Parish

Knowing Your Role 

According to Melanie, it is important that a leader has a clear grasp on his/her role, and focus on the things that only he/she can do. Leaders need to evaluate the source of the problem, whether it is time, mindset, or knowledge. Further, she talks about her book The Experimental Leader, and some work hacks suggestions.

“It’s really important that the leader be focused on the things that only they can focus on. They are the only ones who are going to do strategy, no matter how bad the strategy of the organization gets. The frontline workers can’t change the strategy. Leaders need to make sure they focus on that part of their work.” – Melanie Parish

To learn more about how you can manage the bottleneck in your business, watch this episode. 


Melanie Parish is a public speaker, consultant, workshop leader, author, and Master Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, from whom she received the Prism Award.

She is expert in problem-solving, constraints management, operations, strategic hiring, and brand development.

Further, Melanie has consulted and coached organizations ranging from a Fortune 50 company to IT start-ups.

Her individual clients include those in FAANG and other top global IT companies.

Melanie is a Certified Professional Coactive Coach and Organization and Relationship Systems Certified Coach, and a Theory of Constraints Certified Jonah.

As an author, educator, and creator of the Experimental Leader program, Melanie shows people new ways of thinking about their leadership, informed by her understanding of the fast-paced ride of technology innovation. 

Connect with Melanie!

Website: melanieparish.com/

LinkedIn: /in/melanieparish

Twitter: tw/melanieparish

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About Jaime Jay

Meet Jaime Jay – a man who wears many hats, and wears them all admirably. He's a master connector, an entrepreneur extraordinaire, and a published author who knows how to get things done.

Before he found his way to the business world, Jaime served his country as a brave paratrooper in the U.S. Army. But that's just the beginning of his many accomplishments.

He's the founder of the renowned Bottleneck Distant Assistant Services firm, and his book "Quit Repeating Yourself" has become a must-read for entrepreneurs everywhere.

When he's not busy building his empire, you can find him on his beloved Harley Davidson, cruising through the countryside and taking in the invigorating effects of Uitwaaien – a Dutch practice that involves facing the wind to boost health and relieve stress.

He enjoys spending his free time outside building stuff with his wife, Nikita the dog and their two kittens (for now at least) Tommy and Tater.

He is ‘over-the-moon’ happily married to his wonderful wife Sara, his amazing daughter, Jessica, who is serving our country as a United States Army soldier. Jaime and Sara are the proud grand parents of two beautiful little girls.


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