Think Daily for Businesspeople Messages
A leader needs to step back, and zoom out a little or a lot, and ask, “What is MOST important now?”
You can’t spend your time and take action on the most important things if you don’t identify what they are.
Each morning ask, “What is most important now for my organization to accomplish our big goals?”
Do you let little things get in the way of big opportunities?
You do. You spend time on things that matter little and will have a negligible impact on tomorrow while letting much more important things go undone.
What is one example in your day from yesterday?
There is hardly anything more important for your business than for you to see this and change your focus to the most important things.
What about today?
I guess it’s Kathy Richardson week here at Think Daily for Businesspeople. This is the fourth one in a row inspired by a pithy Kathy comment – all blasted out in real conversation in 25 seconds.
What she meant is that some leaders have been doing stuff for so long that they get locked in a rut, thinking they know it all. Experience is a great way to learn. In fact, being book smart counts for little. You have to try things for yourself to really learn.
But I’ll add this formula: Wisdom = Knowledge + Experience + Reflection.
Without the reflection part, (asking honestly “Is what I am doing working?”, “How can I do better?” etc.) we can find ourselves on a treadmill going nowhere.
So go ahead – Reflect!
I was chatting with Kathy Richardson, our recruiter here in our office, and she busted out with four phrases in a row that represented key ideas we have talked about. I told her to slow down as I grabbed a pen.
The “Sugar High” of new things means that some of us, yes leaders, are chasing the next shiny object, thinking it will be their answer, or at least be fun for a while. New things may be interesting, but they can’t make up for lack of follow through on what it takes to make the old things (that were once new things), produce their fruit.
Amateurs crave distraction, while pros are keeping their committments, “but in chair” following through.
You can only learn from yourself by making mistakes and trying again. And while we do use this strategy, it is way too slow (and costly) to get ahead. We must learn from other people.
Even and especially leaders – the ones at the top of their organizations, must learn from others.
Seminars, trainings, books, magazine articles, internet searches – keep learning.