One Wee Step

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Sometimes all we need is a teeny win. Committing to taking a step in the right direction–even a step that is not in the wrong direction–does the trick. We will either launch ourselves where we want to go or gain enough momentum to take another teeny step.

What’s your one wee step, now?

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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The Task That Broke The Camel’s Back

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<<Snap!>> <<Ouch.>>

One too many things on our plates can cause us to break like the proverbial camel’s back.

When that email, task, or “Hey, couldya…” arrives to push us beyond our limits, what can we do? We can start ignoring things. We can pretend “none of this ever happened.” We can over promise and under deliver.We might even try lashing out.

Or, we can go for win-win. We recognize we are not nearly as good for others if we are “over done.” We can’t just keep pushing ourselves. Instead, we acknowledge their request. We affirm our desire to help, explain–ever so briefly and with exactly zero drama–our own busy-ness, and ask by when this straw..er..task needs to be done. Then we brainstorm and negotiate ways to satisfy their needs and ours. Example: “How can we have your request fulfilled given our time/workload constraints?”

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Guilt and Delegation

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As leaders (with or without title), we can sometimes feel guilty for delegating work to others especially when it is work that we have done before and could do now. We think, “Aren’t we the responsible ones? Aren’t we getting paid the big bucks?”

Included in our job as leaders is to make the connections, see the gaps, coach, influence, encourage, hold other accountable, steward the compelling vision, and foster the supporting systems. This is important work that we can’t get to if we won’t delegate.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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What To Do When There’s Too Much To Do To Work On Having Less To Do

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Have you ever caught yourself saying something like, “I have too much to do; I am behind. There is no way I can possibly work on projects that would help me do things smarter, clear my backlog, get ahead…” ?

Silly, yes? Yet we all get caught in this trap. It all looks too big to even think about. To get out, try these steps:

  1. Feel good. Then Act. If you are feeling bad about what you have to do or what you’re not getting to, no amount of activity will be very effective for very long. Feel better then move on to the next steps.
  2. List projects you could do. Make a list of the things you could do (regardless of how difficult to do they may seem) to work smarter and get ahead.
  3. Pick one project. Scan your list and select the one project that you find most compelling right now.
  4. Do the very next task. What is the logical next task that you would take to make some progress on this project? Do or schedule that task. Note how it feels.
  5. Repeat. Return to step 3 regularly. Use step 1 and step 2 as needed.

You will be back on track sooner than you think.

 

In your corner,

Mike