MUST DO, SHOULD DO, OR COULD DO: A LEADERSHIP LESSON
Imagine it is 6:30pm tomorrow night.
You have just walked into your home, emptied your bag or briefcase, and your significant other asks you how your day went.
Truthfully, you have two potential responses.
Busy or Productive?
Regardless of your answer, you are probably feeling worn out as you have put in more than a full day’s work. But was the work busy or productive?
Let’s begin with the busy response.
Unfortunately, many organizations operate this way day in and day out. The pace of work is high, the activity level consistent, but the work environment is very reactive and “fire-fighting.” You are constantly on the move throughout the day, jumping from one to-do to the next, but there is no rhyme or reason, necessarily, for your work. You feel as though you are getting a lot done but when you stop to review what you accomplished, you find you were simply treading water. Your to do list had 47 items on it to start the day and 52 at the end of the day. You barely kept afloat, and you are tired.
Randy H. Nelson is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, coach, former nuclear submarine officer, and author of The Second Decision with ForbesBooks. Learn more at randyhnelson.com.