Posted by: drewdice | January 9, 2014

What is on your stop doing list?

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This is not a New Year’s Resolution. I’m talking about giving yourself, your team, your organization, and your customers the best chance to win.

The speed of business, change, and progress, combined with the drive for more – more profits, more growth, more earning potential – all causes a very normal, but unhealthy tendency to take on more – more work, more projects, more initiatives, more responsibility.

I get it. We all want to achieve more – myself included. It feels good to accomplish – both selflessly, and selfishly. We also are not inclined to let others down, so, when the ‘boss’ adds something to your plate, or asks for help, naturally, the answer is ‘yes’.

The reality is that sometimes, that makes sense; but, sometimes, it really doesn’t. There are limits to what a person, team or organization can do well at one time. Resources (time, money, humans) are not infinite, and when there isn’t a clear picture of what is most important right now, and what will bring the most impact against given strategies, naturally, more and more ‘stuff’ will be added to the plate.

This is not a scalable approach, nor is it sustainable.

So, how will you create clarity and alignment? And, just as importantly, what will you STOP doing, to achieve more?

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