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    Friday
    Jun072019

    Follow the law of forced efficiency

    The incredibly successful Brian Tracy, who authored plenty of books and inspired many to greater things in their life, certainly inspired me in the earlier days of running my business.

    I spied one of his books on the shelf of a local bookstore, I jumped at it and thought, ‘this will do; I won't have to read 100 books, I'll just read this one. It will be good enough.’ The book? ‘The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Success.’ And the Law I love love love? It's # 15: The Law of Forced Efficiency.

    It reads ‘The more things you have to do in a limited period of time, the more you will be forced to work on your most important tasks.’ It's just another way of saying ‘there is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important things.

    As you take on more, you'll be forced to act with ‘maximum efficiency’. He continues: ‘If you are successful, you will almost always have too much to do and too little time.’ So ask: what is the most valuable use of my time right now?

    And for you? What is the most valuable use of your time right now? I'd love to hear your thoughts. 

    Friday
    Jun072019

    Hey, didn’t you write and release that book last year, Lynne?

    Hey, didn’t you write and release that book last year, Lynne? I’ve mentioned recently that my book ‘ish: The Problem with our Pursuit for Perfection and the Life-Changing Practice of Good Enough’ is out!

    People have asked, 'But didn’t you release it last year? What’s with it being out now? Again?'

    The book is about perfectionism and the increasing problem it presents in the world today. One of the ways we can tackle perfectionism I think, is to work in:

    - increments (smaller packets or chunks of work, rather than trying to work on the w-h-o-l-e of a project) and,

    - iterations (improving on things over time, as we release new or updated versions). This works well for reports, presentations, websites, blogs … yes, and books.

    I released a couple of iterations of the book last year and got feedback and insights from people who’d read it. They let me know what they thought. Now I’m up to the 5th iteration.

    Each version improving on the previous one. And it’s time to stop; it’s done. We can always, always work some more on our projects and make them better. But work in increments and iterations and you’ll get feedback to make things good enough to go 'live'.

    Look again. What's good enough to go live?

    Friday
    Jun072019

    Ever had a perfectionist boss?

    Perfectionism is no longer a badge of honour. And perfectionist bosses or leaders could be causing problems for their team, contibuting to a 'toxic' workplace or culture.

    If you've had a perfectionist boss (most of us can recall a situation or role where nothing was ever 'good enough' for the leader or boss) you'll also remember that things like celebrating the wins, taking risks and trying new things weren't on the agenda.

    Going for what's safe and familiar is preferred for the perfectionist, because even when the team does try something new nothing is ever good enough. People tell me about how they don't see themselves working ‘with’ their perfectionist boss but rather as a servant, minion or lackey working ‘for’ them, responding to their requests, changes, standards and expectations.

    I’m all for continuous improvement. That’s a different thing. My memory of a perfectionist boss was how they didn't feel too good about their skills or capabilities. It flowed on to the whole team. We felt beaten before we’d started a project. Talk about low morale!

    Many workplaces feel 'toxic' and perfectionism sure is an unhelpful game to be going for.

    Go for 'good enough' instead.

    Have you had a perfectionist boss?

    Monday
    Jun032019

    ‘ish: The Problem with our Pursuit for Perfection and the Life-Changing Practice of Good Enough’

    It’s natural to want to do well at work, study, in life, to do our best. But what happens when striving for the best becomes something more; the pursuit of perfection?

    Perfectionism is on the rise and has dire consequences for how we think and feel about ourselves and others, how we think, live, and work. It's been seen to cause over-working, burnout, sleeplessness and mental health problems like depression and anxiety.

    We can’t keep going like this! But what’s the alternative if it’s not perfect?

    I've been researching, thinking and writing about how we can work in clever ways that tackle our problem with perfect. In my new book ‘ish: The Problem with our Pursuit for Perfection and the Life-Changing Practice of Good Enough’ I explain:

    >The problem with pursuing perfect and why we seek it

    >The mental loop that traps you into thinking perfection is the answer

    >The role of increments, imperfection and iterations in getting things done

    >The idea of ‘ish’, which means somewhat or near enough.

    Excellence, quality and continuous improvement are important but the pursuit of perfection, not so much. How does perfectionism stop you from getting things done?

    Love to hear.