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Many Business Leaders Struggle With Meshing Work

by Rick Baker
On Dec 6, 2021


In his audio-book 'Die Empty' (2013), Todd Henry talks about 3 types of work and 4 types of people.

I find his concept useful as a Seek Simple tool. 

This concept provides a new perspective on Spirited Leaders' philosophy: Business Contains Only 3 Things - People, Processes, & Situations.

According to Todd:

  • Mapping includes work such as strategic planning
  • Making includes the work of delivering products and services, creating value
  • Meshing includes self-development work and work Spirited Leaders define as borrowing brilliance [putting curiosity to work]
and Todd sees 4 'productivity profiles'...
  • Developers are people who engage in all three types of work
  • Drivers are people who do Mapping and Making work but no Meshing work
  • Drifters are people who do Making and Meshing but no Mapping work
  • Dreamers are people who do Mapping and Meshing work but no Making work
Here's a Spirited Leaders' conclusion, based on observing hundreds of local business leaders: many business leaders struggle with Meshing work. And, coupled with this, many business leaders fail to understand the importance of Meshing work so not only do they not do it themselves but they also fail to inspire their followers to do it. As a result, many business people fail to grow to the point where they are able to put their talents to full use. Also, without the benefit of Meshing work many business people struggle with handling change let alone leading change. These people-process shortfalls explain why many businesses cannot keep up with their competition.

...and that's an argument in favour of life-long learning.

We should make meetings so laborious people choose to do the work between them over presenting excuses during them.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 17, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of excuses.

Anticipate Situations.

 

If you are spending too much time fighting fires at work, your career is getting doused.

by Rick Baker
On Jan 19, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

The economy would get a serious boost if 10% of business people would apply the 80/20 Rule and spend more time doing work directly linked to building value [planning the work and working the plan] and less time fighting fires.

An ounce of problem-finding is worth a pound of problem-solving.

by Rick Baker
On Dec 3, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. [an old saying, containing wisdom of the ages]

Q: But how?

A: Thinking ahead, as in planning & risk management. Seek out problems in advance...as a matter of good habit.

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The 21st Century - never has risk management been such a vital planning function and [with small-to-big data] never has risk management been such an intriguing planning function.

 

 

 

If you cannot see the forest for the trees, you're out on a limb.

by Rick Baker
On Sep 19, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Few people possess the ability to think strategically while having a solid grasp of the details of the plan. Some people do not know they are out on a limb until they suffer a painful fall. Yes - that's part of the learning experience...as long as they are able to get up after the fall.

100 grams of planning are worth a tonne of excuses.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 26, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Some things are worthy of forethought.

Some things are worthy of planning.

Some situations can and should be anticipated.

 

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Business Contains Only 3 Things | Business Plan: Writing Plans | Thought Tweets

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