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Organized people get work done; disorganized people get work repeated.

by Rick Baker
On May 12, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Disorganization = more errors = more fixing of errors = repeated work.

And, of course, disorganization consumes time and generates stresses and anxieties.

Have you noticed - Disorganized people are the ones who complain most about being overworked!

We should not throw away our Time Scraps..

by Rick Baker
On May 11, 2017

Throughout the day we have gaps of 'free time', which I'm calling 'time scraps'. As one example of a time scrap - we find ourselves sitting in someone's lobby waiting for a meeting to start...that's a time scrap. These time scraps are too small for time-consuming tasks. Too small for major efforts of concentration. Often, they are only few-minute time scraps. And, in some situations we do not know how long the time scrap will last before the next 'work event' or other disruption arrives. Regardless, we can choose to use our time scraps. As just one example, we can choose to carry a personal organization tool like a Franklin Covey planner or a Blackberry. And, when we are facing time scraps we can choose to open our personal organizer and double check our 'To Do List'. This sort of task does not call for much concentration. This sort of task can be interrupted without damage...i.e., even if only one or two To Do items are checked a piece of goal-directed progress has been accomplished. 

My View: I believe in moderation....I believe in a balanced approach to work-goals and work-tasks. Actually, I believe on working on the somewhat-excessive side of moderation but not at the extreme end of goal-focus where both attention and priorities become obscured. Success is not sustainable and relationships fall through when work-goal and work-task obsessions and compulsions gain a life of their own. For example, I am not in favour of carving days up into 5-minute pieces and killing my spirit by trying to make sure each and every 5-minute time scrap gets a gold-star performance rating. Expectations about performance and time/timing of activity need to be realistic...at least a little stretched...but still clearly within the bounds of realism.

PS: Time is a most-precious thing. Shame on the people who repeatedly waste time then complain about not having enough of it.

PPS: This Thought Post was written while I was waiting for a supplier-meeting to start.

PPPS: We all have the same amount of time...we know the past is gone...we know we have the present...we only hope we have the future.

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I'm too busy! - I don't have time!

We all have the same amount of time...we know the past is gone...we know we have the present...we only hope we have the future.

by Rick Baker
On May 5, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Time is our most-precious commodity.

We cannot afford to waste any of it complaining about not having enough of it.  

Only a silly person would waste time complaining about not having enough time.

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Attitude: Creating Positive Attitude | I'm too busy! - I don't have time! | Thought Tweets

Don't let yourself get so busy you let Situations catch you unprepared...anticipate Situations, plan ahead.

by Rick Baker
On May 2, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

So many people think they are 'too busy' when the reality is they are 'too unprepared'. They live a business life consumed by a repeated series of fire-fights. Many of the fire-fights are directly linked to specific individuals' behaviour. And, habits being what they are, to a very large degree, behaviour is predictable. Think of a probable Situation. Think of who will be in the Situation. Think of how the people in the Situation will act. Plan your best Actions before the fires start. 

Do you want to be on time?

by Rick Baker
On May 2, 2017

On Timeliness...

Do you know anyone who has achieved success in life without having the habit of meeting time commitments?

As I write this I'm thinking of petulant actors/actresses exerting their will on frazzled directors...that behind-the-scenes movie cliché, where one person disrupts everyone else's plans and schedules.  On top of that, I'm thinking of the 1992 comedy movie 'Noises Off', which combined this behind-the-scenes movie cliché with a plot that is all about humorous consequences that could happen when people fail to meet time cues in live theatre. 

While we can laugh about people messing up timing in movies, we seldom laugh about it in real life. 

There are many sayings that capture our consensus view/wisdom around time and timing, as examples - 

  • Time waits for no man.
  • Time is of the essence.
  • Timing is everything.

Yet, almost all of us mess up timing, at least once in a while. We forget appointments. We arrive late for meetings. We fail to meet project deadlines.

Some people are habitually late. [Most families have at least one of these types...always late while the meal is overcooking or the cake & ice cream is on hold...waiting.] 

Some people are intentionally late. [They act like 'The Royals'...or like they are, by far, the most-important person at the meeting.]

Some people completely lack any talent for timeliness. [Like they have stormy clouds of confusion around their watches and calendars.]

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It seems to me timeliness holds lower priority now than it did a few decades ago. 

Do you agree?

How do you feel about timeliness - 

  • Do you want others to be on time?
  • Do you want to be on time?

Are you too busy to know other people’s businesses?

by Rick Baker
On Mar 14, 2017

Common sense tells us:

  • Most people look for a fair deal, where both parties exchange value,
  • Some people look to cheat others, heads I win - tails you lose, and
  • Some people look to help others, expecting little or nothing in return.

Those three things probably fit nicely in a bell curve, where the norm is business people exchanging fair value with one another.

That's the viewpoint here: most business people do business with one another in an effort to obtain some value and deliver some value in exchange.

People exchanging value - that's the essence of business.

If you agree with that then to grow business you must increase the exchange of value. And, as you work to increase the exchange of value you will do better if you know how both parties define the value they seek and the value they deliver.

Most business people just scratch the surface of value exchange. Sales people tend to know the value they think they're delivering. Purchasing people tend to know the value they think they're receiving. Sales people may make a serious effort to try to determine what the purchasing people want to receive. Purchasing people may make a serious effort to try to understand what the sales people want to receive. But it's highly unlikely their thoughts go beyond those things. For example, sales people do not understand what value the sales people who work at the purchasing person's company are looking to receive or deliver.  And, vice-versa, purchasing people do not understand what value the purchasing people who work at the sales person's company are looking to receive or deliver.

Even worse, sales people do not understand the value the purchasing people at their organization are trying to receive and deliver and purchasing people don't know the value their organization's sales people are trying to receive and deliver.

People tend to know what they want and what they're prepared to deliver in exchange for it. However, they have a much smaller understanding of what other people want and are trying to deliver in exchange for it.

This applies within companies. This applies between companies. This applies between people.

Some years ago we addressed this with our Clients' Clients Philosophy.

Here are the starting-point questions …

  • What value do you want to receive from people at other companies?
  • What value do you want to deliver to people at other companies?
  • What value do other people in your company want to receive from people at other companies?
  • What value do people in other companies want to receive from other people in your company?

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People who possess an ongoing curiosity around questions about what other people value have the opportunity to excel in business, to excel in interpersonal relationships, and to deliver and receive tremendous value.

Some people are too busy. So, they don't get these things…and they don’t get most of the other things they want.

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