Hi friends. If you’ve enjoyed my blog (and my first 44 posts) so far, I hope you’ll keep coming back. Like the blog, comment, subscribe or add it to your reader. I’m posting usually two to three days a week, each time trying to communicate one core idea or one spark to motivate the both of us in fifteen minutes.
I ran the blog posts so far through the lovely Wordle.net and produced a clear recipe for what this blog is about: people, projects and time. Check it out (the relative size of the word refers to how often it appears in the Wordle):
How do we get more accomplished with less stress, effort and wasted time? Why do some projects succeed, while others with more people, funding or political support fail? I’m endlessly fascinated by the success stories in business and in life of what can happen when people are uncommonly motivated and committed to a cause.
Do you have an idea for a future post? Bring it on. I’ll keep writing.
Hi. I’m blogging about work, purpose and time, and inspired in this series of articles by a Harvard Business Review blogger’s post on “No is the New Yes,” in which he sets out several strategies for taking greater control of your time and as a result, focusing on what matters.
In my last two posts, I talked about the blind spots that crop up for people with various work styles. In this post, I wanted to make a point about priorities.
Make what matters to your boss what matters to you.
No matter your work style, it’s easy to get caught in a trap of working on the things you value. They might be what you assume is expected of your role, or something you’ve always done, or something you think no one else can do as well as you can. You might do them simply because it would take more time and effort to assign them and mentor that person into executing the task to your satisfaction.
But we ultimately report to a higher level—be that a manager, an executive, a board or shareholders—and so it’s critical to take the time to find out what these people see as important. Continue reading