I recently had a discussion with a CEO and he said he was so busy he didn’t have time to take a vacation much less plan for the future. He lamented that juggling so many balls was stressful and he was remaining just one step from disaster!
He elaborated, and said he daily crosses things off his list, but the list keeps growing.
The ironic Lee Iacocca is reported to have responded to a senior executive who complained about being so busy he couldn’t take a vacation with his family…. Perhaps, I should be looking for a new VP if you can’t even manage a vacation.
The inference is very clear; planning, prioritization, and delegation are components of success.
I’m too busy doing important “stuff” is all too frequently the excuse for not achieving critical strategic issues.
All of us are busy. Doing what becomes the important question. Are we really cognizant of sorting out the vital few from the trivial many?
Has your well-thought-out business plan (assuming you have one) been relegated to the top desk drawer accumulating dust and it’s only February?
Here are a few thoughts to consider:
It’s not how hard you work, but rather where you spend your precious time that’s the real differentiator.
Inthe world of golf, for professionals and amateurs alike, the mantra, “hope springs eternal” is axiomatic. Those of us who participate are consumed by the quest to conquer the unconquerable.On the LPGA Tour, #1 Lydia Ko has changed her clubs, caddie, and coach for 2017. Bernard Langer, #1 on the Champions Tour and PGA hall of famer, at age 59 continues to tweak his game. Jordan Spieth, 2015 #1, practices relentlessly to maintain his edge on the PGA tour at the tender age of 23.
What do these highly successful golfers have in common?
To compete and win, business leaders are faced with the same challenges; yet inevitably, complacency sets in.
It’s not that we don’t care; however, frequently we get mesmerized by how we’ve done things in the past.
Guarding against this perspective requires constant introspection to challenge our current business strategies. The use of people, processes, and technology can never be taken for granted. Holding a pat hand is not a good bet. Everything is in transition is a healthy perspective.
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