Welcome to Clear Thoughts
from Uncommon Clarity
|Employee Thoughts - Avoiding Decisions
"Why can't my employees make decisions? Why
do they always have to come to me?"
Busy clients ask me these questions
frequently. Are their employees unwilling,
incapable or simply indecisive? For the
answers, along with tips for dramatically
improving employee decision making, read the
article on my website:
|Productivity Thoughts - The Stop-Doing List
If you are like most people:
- There are
only 24 hours in your day
To-Do list specializes in remaining Undone,
- Others in your company suffer
these same afflictions
Getting the important things finished and off
the list is one problem. Adding, adding,
adding, is quite another.
Think about a Stop-Doing list instead.
Your goal should be to align company
resources behind activities that create value
for which customers are
willing to pay, and to eliminate or minimize
all other activity.
- Fire-fighting - find time to do it right
the first time
- Wasting energy on employees who just
- Micromanaging - if you can't delegate
successfully, solve that problem rather than
duplicating effort and undermining your
- Looking backward - look back only to
learn and leverage with laser focus, not
- Watching your competition so closely - if
behind, you'll only catch up; if ahead,
you'll trip while looking over your shoulder
- Writing reports no one will read
- Filing things you will never retrieve
- Doing things just because you always have
- Worrying or whining about things you
- Reading email that you never needed to
- Speaking when angry - it just creates
more problems you will have to solve
- Leaping to solutions - find the real
cause and eliminate it rather than accepting
the first idea that sounds promising
- Doing things you should be delegating
- Signing your approval when you are
adding no value, just a signature
- Making decisions for others
- Over-thinking decisions of little
Need help finding the things you can stop
doing? Know what you'd like to stop, but
can't figure out how? Give us a call today at
|Parting Thoughts - Ill-defined Goals
The path to an ill-defined goal is always
steep and circuitous.
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Reflective Thoughts - Losing by Winning
You can win, but still lose. Win an argument,
lose a friend. Win a customer, lose money.
Win any struggle, lose the respect of others.
Win more by thinking:
Being helpful lets you win often, and in
- Less about Winning
- Less about Being Right
- And more about Being Helpful
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help in achieving your business objectives.
- Ann Latham