January 25, 2024

The slow work


With so much going on, with emails to write and calls to make, with suppliers to chivvy and customers to sooth, with staff to hire and colleagues to coach, with spreadsheets to balance and presentations to perform and fires to fight … it’s just possible that you’re too busy to do what really matters.

The slow work. The important stuff that’s always trumped by the urgent – but is supposed to set up a better tomorrow. The in-depth conversations and drawn-out thought processes, the mindful writing, the long-game strategic thinking, the scenario planning. Playing out the hand you dealt yourself last time around.

If it isn’t life and death, the merely urgent can wait. For one day – or half a day, or just an hour – without giving in to the urge to fight fires, what and how do we deal with the next big thing?

Skippy strategy: Plant seeds for tomorrow.