One of the biggest problems we hear from business owners is how they are overworked, overloaded and over-tired, yet nothing seems to be showing up.
It’s heartbreaking and a sure recipe for trouble. If you want to position your business for success, you and your people must be doing less, not more.
How do we do less?
We all know what it’s like to have a to-do list a mile long, and no matter how hard we work it keeps getting longer, not shorter. This is a key sign of being out of alignment with our purpose.
If we are in line with what needs to happen and we have the plan in place, we will stay in alignment. We’re not going to be caught up in distractions because we understand our contribution to the cause.
We know what we need to be doing and what we don’t. If you are caught up in jumping from one thing to the next, trying to do everything at once and so not doing anything well, you end up overtired, overworked and not contributing.
So how do you advance past this? If you allow an overﬂow of information and distraction and you are juggling too many balls, how do you break that paradigm today?
When you are positioning for success, all the moving parts in your business and all the variables – especially people – must be focused on becoming a Productivity Diamond.
Will you or will you not be a Productivity Diamond?
How will you and each person in your business contribute value in this next minute, hour, day?
Will you or will you not be 100% going for it? Or are you setting yourself up for failure?
Do you have the right people on your team, doing the right things right? Do you know when it’s time to stop talking and start doing?
It can’t be done on your own. You’re going to need the leverage of good people and trust these people to be self-managing. You must trust the feedback systems you are creating, and make decisions based on evidence, not emotion.
You must trust that people on your team are going to put their hand up and say I need help. It’s not about overload, it’s about doing less not more, and only doing what you are extremely good at.
You must trust your executive team to grow and allow the right people to come in under them. You must trust them to be alert to what’s on the horizon, so that you’re not blindsided by unexpected events.
You must trust them to create and maintain a culture of productivity, of getting better every day, and of accountability.
Everybody must be heading in the same direction, and you must be leading by extreme example. This is non-negotiable. This is the path to becoming a Productivity Diamond.
Power to you!
Stefan Kazakis on 5 May 2018
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