Thoughts for the Day

Priorities

Multitasking is now mandatory. Prioritising your tasks will help you remain focussed on what is important.

Constantly consult your priority list and re-prioritise as necessary.

Cross off those items that don’t matter and tend to the most important whether you like them or not.

A lot of this is about time management. We all have the same number of hours in a day. It is a question of what task is most important in the allotted time we have available. Staying in bed is not an option!

Eating elephants

This is the old metaphor for tackling a large task and dividing it into smaller pieces.

Let’s go with this metaphor and share the meal with other people. Throw in some unusual spices and generally yet to make the task interesting and interactive.

Creativity

There is a time and place for this. Accountants are quite often asked to be creative. That is OK, the outcomes can be relatively safe (although a few have lost their jobs).

People should be pushed to find new methods of working and new ideas to work smarter, at the right place and the right time then.

Airline pilots landing a plane should not be similarly encouraged, the flight simulator would be preferable.

What I am saying is, be creative, but not at all costs.

delegates, supporters and followers

Things to consider

need for independence ( of thought)

readiness to make decisions

tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty

interest and curiosity levels

understanding of goal congruence and direction

skills, knowledge and experience

collaborative and cooperative willingness

Pressure

Get used to pressure – you can’t continue to perform unless you challenge yourself. The ability to remain calm under fire is enhanced by continuous exposure to pressure.

Mild exposure can seriously improve your performance.

Passion

Get passionate, do everything to the max, otherwise you will kick yourself if you fail because you didn’t give it 100%.

Live each day as your last because one day it will be.

Work beyond the call of duty, get other people excited about your projects and set goals with your heart, not just your intellect.

Credit

This is everything. Be sensitive to cultural and professional constraints and ensure your approach is tailored accordingly.

Success

Have an attitude that promotes action. Plan, control and continually review your actions. Don’t wait for success, drive towards it. Even a bad plan is better than no plan as it will get you moving towards a better plan. Planned action and preparation is the key to success.

Decision making

How do you decide?

Are you impulsive and make decisions based on intuitive thinking and reside at the emotional end of the spectrum, or are you hesitant, like to explore all possible angles and get everyone’s opinions and then try the decision out on a sample or trial basis?

Both types of decision making are fine. However, take both to their extremes and the first type behaviour may lead to inconsistent thinking as your emotions get the better of you. The latter may just lead to procrastination and indecision.

One thing is for sure, we live in a changing world. The middle ground on this is that; on the one hand there is no time to procrastinate; on the other hand, emotions do get the better of us.

The solution to decision making is to make them based on a clear understanding of what you are trying to acheive in the limited time available – make that decision and review it.

If it turns out to be a bad decision, make another decision and rectify the outcome.

The mindset on all this is that they are your decisions and you live with the consequences. Constant review and feedback from others are key to understanding the quality of the decision.

language

Wittgenstein

‘All language is vague, so there is no such thing as truth or certainty