Saturday, 12 July 2008

No More ‘To Do’ Lists #6

No more ‘To Do‘ Lists item 6 is

DON’T GET THE NEGATIVE FEEDBACK HABIT

We spend 95% of the time focusing on the 5% of things in our businesses that don’t work… and only 5% of the time focusing on the 95% of things that really do work.

If we do screw up we already know about it so let’s recognise the mess and get on.

In his ‘Winning’ book,
Clive Woodward describes just such a situation. In summary, he says that if the team lost there was no point dragging them into the boardroom to dissect and analyse every action made that (may have) contributed to the poor result… It was only when the team won that he would take them into the boardroom to dissect and analyse every action made that (may have) contributed to the good result ie he got them to focus on what they were doing right.

If you get/see what you focus on then it seems mad to focus on what’s gone wrong and it seems obvious to spend more time looking at what really works.

RELEVANT LINKS
Clive Woodward - the Winning book
No more 'To Do' lists #5 - more on Woodward


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