I was recently hired and have a team of 18 directs. There are many IT projects currently running that my group is responsible for, with many more on the horizon. I find that I am having difficulty getting out of the weeds and managing effectively. I've been told that I'm too task focused, and not focused on strategy. I feel overwhelmed with all the work that it takes to keep up with what project is where, so that nothing falls through the cracks. I've tried to stay on top of things by using MS Project and Outlook (and sticky notes), and still feel like there's not enough time in the day...
I'm responsible for vision and strategy, but am having a hard time coming up with those in order to delegate. Just "doing" isn't effective, as I need to make sure we are working on the right things at the right time (strategy). There also needs to be some consideration to the level of impact versus effort. I need to make sure that we're not spending a lot of time on high-effort, low-impact tasks.
Any ideas how to get me over the hurdle of being stuck on tasks and deliverables to a point where I spend more time strategizing?
Additional notes - I've been told that we (managers) have a strategic responsibility and a tactical responsibility. I think I'm stuck in the tactical to the detriment of the strategic.