Do The Right Thing, Not The Lazy Thing
"If you put your shoes away when you take them off you won't trip over them later."
Most of us would like to be more organized, more effective and more efficient. In fact most of us appreciate the benefits of someone else's good planning and organization skills. But unless you are a disciplined planner and organizer you are probably confronted daily with little obstacles that we all throw in our own paths, like tripping over the shoes we casually left in the middle of the floor in a fit to get them off after work.
Managing a team of diverse people exposes you to not only your own obstacles but to all of theirs as well. Maybe someone on your team can't keep their notes straight and asks you the same question every week. Perhaps someone on your team doesn't update customer records in a timely manner after meetings. Or problems are only being fixed for the short term and are destined to fail the next time the same event occurs. These little things add up to a lot of inefficiency over time, not to mention frustration or disdain.
While you can't change people, you can influence them. I have a motto that I try to instill in my team by using it whenever possible: â¬ÅDo the right thing, not the lazy thing. It's a simple philosophy that if you choose to do the right thing instead of settling for the easy thing you remove those little obstacles and save everyone time. If you put your shoes away when you take them off you won't trip over them later.
Try doing the right thing, not the lazy thing for yourself. You may find it easier to keep team communications flowing, organize your files, manage your schedule or find a customer phone number. By doing the right thing for yourself you'll rub off on your team and find them making you even more efficient.
Thanks for reading,