July 27, 2016

A shiny future


There’s always something that takes you away from your job.

It’s possible to fill every day with little things.

Important – like contracts, reviews, IP, suppliers, finances, conflicts, personnel stuff, product questions, schmoozing and smoothing – but little. Not the stuff they put in the job description, but clock-stealers all the same.

The result? Tomorrow looks pretty much like yesterday. Nothing really changes except the date.

One option is to accept it. Be busy being busy – who else is going to do this stuff anyway?

Another option: push it back. In the obvious ways: delegation and devolved decision making, time management and prioritisation. The most powerful tool of all is self will.

Leadership means doing things because you choose to.

Despite being beaten around by all those other things, you choosing a shiny future and apply the will and discipline to do what it takes to make it. It means taking control of the agenda.

It means stepping up.

Skippy Strategy: Make time to set the agenda. Make time to work towards it.

First published 2nd July 2015.