One of the useful tools that Steven Covey gave us was his concept of Four Quadrants in relation to time management.
Covey suggested that too many of us spend too much time in quadrant 1 (urgent and important stuff) and quadrant 3 (urgent but not important).
Activity in these 2 quadrants comes to dominate working life, with the important but non-urgent stuff of quadrant 2 being relegated to off-sites and other special occasions. And while activity in quadrants 1 and 3 keep us busy they do little to make things better. They just help us to cope with the status quo.
One of the benefits of 121s is the opportunity that they build in to focus on a regular basis on quadrant 2 type work. And as Covey pointed out, this is the key to excellence.
By building time for Quadrant 2 work into a regular schedule we can start to change the culture of the organisation.