Everyone loves to do tasks, very few people eventually get right things done. The ability to get things done is one of the most important skills to master if you wish to live well and lead better.
It takes both thoughtful reflection and deliberate actions to make the switch successfully.
People more than vision, need a plan, a step by step explanation of how to move from vision to reality.
This in many cases is what reduces a leader’s capacity to perform.
Beyond having a vision and a ton of activities is a cry for effectiveness.
Don’t you sometimes pray or wish you were better equipped to handle things or lead better?
I wouldn’t want to talk about the problems of ineffectiveness, but I want to show you how you can do better with your leadership, calling and lifetask.
Three key points I will highlight:
(i) Evaluate; (ii) Change; and, (iii) Action
EVALUATE: This is how I’ll like to say it; abandon yesterday, accept the future. To be a getting-things-done leader requires the willingness and audacity to change what is being done, accept and do new and different things.
You cannot create tomorrow unless you back off of yesterday. “I will do a new thing, but forget the former first,” you remember?
Whatever you have done before now that’s not working is because you are not evaluating. More on this to come…
CHANGE: I think the best way to say this is ‘organize your improvement.’ Success is simply a movement from zero to any number you decide, it can be 10, it can be 2. Whichever way, continuous improvement has to be measured.
What you measure is what you can improve, and constant improvement leads to fundamental change.
ACTION: It is stupidity to pretend that tomorrow will be like yesterday. If it has to get done at all, you have to stand up and make the move. Perfectionism is the mother of procrastination which eventually leads to frustration.
Meanwhile, take note of these 3 things if you want to practice getting things done leadership.
- Prioritize your action points. It helps you focus on what’s important and to shelve what’s not.
- Select a frame of time that you would commit to your goals and provide leadership to them till they are achieved. What do I mean by “provide leadership to your goals”? Nothing gets done until someone champions it. A goal or vision + a willing young man = a get-it-done leader.
- Sometimes the challenge in getting things done is not what to do, but who to do what. Who’s better equipped to handle what. Figure this out early, it will help you focus on other important things.
In the next post, I’ll share with you how to effectively measure your getting-things-done leadership level.
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But before then, how would you help yourself do better and lead better?
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