Work piles up, deadlines loom, milestones are passing, folks are tugging at you from all different directions- and guess what suffers.
Unless we give ourselves enough time to climb back up to 10,000 feet from ground level, all those things we’ve learned about great leadership can get pushed into the recesses of our conscious mind, and thus, we become very task orientated, more concerned with checking boxes than building something greater than the sum of its parts.
I’ve found that there’s a very “analog” way to fight this problem, and keep great leadership practices in the forefront.
I use sticky notes, and a pen.
Yep, those little yellow pieces of paper that stick to everything. And those writing instruments that allow for manual processing of words, sentences and paragraphs.
I have 10 little reminders that I write on my sticky notes, and I paste them in strategic locations all around my desk, my laptop, my inbox, my notebook, and anywhere else where my eye can catch that yellow paper glow.
By doing this I can regularly hit my brain with those reminders, so when the going gets tough, there’s a much better chance I will continue to do “the right things”.
Could you do this electronically? I suppose so, but I’m of the opinion that there’s nothing more effective than looking at your own handwriting, rather than Times Roman font.
What are these 10 reminders? Here they are:
Learn From History (So You Don’t Repeat It)
Be A Storyteller & Paint The Big Picture
Listen (Much) More Than You Talk
Training, Training, Training, Teach, Teach, Teach
Good Process Breeds Better Improvisation
Measure What You Manage, And Keep Raising The Bar
Fear Not Mistakes, For They Create The Best Opportunities
Answer the “Why” Before They Ask
Your Ideas Aren’t Always The Best Ones
This is NOT About You
Since I started doing the sticky notes I’ve added an eleventh one, which was a direct quote from my late father:
If It Isn’t Fun, It Isn’t Worth a S***
That one always puts things in perspective, because it was from the heart. Thanks Dad, I miss you.