While we all “do a hundred things,” we may not/should not/cannot have more than 2 (or 3) true “strategic” priorities at any point in time. — Tom Peters
One of Tom Peters’ quotes. I like that one because if forces to put things into perspective. Doing many things doesn’t equate to knowing where we are going or how productive we are.
Focus on your true strategic priorities.
Don’t do it unless it’s fun.
Make it fun. (Always possible, per me.)
Make it fun for others. (Which makes it fun/more fun for you.)
I’m not sure I had fun in my latest work assignment. That’s a pity because I spent days and nights working on it for the past two weeks. Life is short. I should stop wasting it like that.
Get out of your office. Tell me, honestly, the last time something inspiring or clever happened at that big table in your office?!
Besides Tom Peters’ MBWA, I would link that to the Gemba Walk of the TPS or Lean practice.
What do you think?
[…] Somebody asked Thomas Watson, Sr., the senior member of the Watson family that effectively founded IBM. They said, “Mr. Watson, how long does it take to become excellent?” And Mr. Watson purportedly said, “A minute.” This was years before The One Minute Manager. Somebody said, “A minute?” And he said, “Yes. It is a personal commitment to yourself that you will never again do anything that is not excellent.” And that’s what it’s about, one minute at a time. […]
(from Excellence Always June 2008 at tompeters.com)
Wow, very powerful.