Do you ever wonder if you’re doing the right things? By “right” I don’t mean the morally acceptable things. (Hopefully you are doing that…) Instead, I mean the things you should be doing that truly allow you to accomplish what’s most important, to reach your goals, and to contribute to the success of the company and our customers.

There are so many distractions coming at us everyday that make it hard to focus on what’s most important (for example, email). The more variety you have as part of your “job description,” the more accurate this probably is. Also, delegation and saying ‘no’ are two relatively difficult skills to master.

During a discussion a few months ago with a DAXKO board member, he was asking me about where I spend my time, hours I work, etc. I wasn’t sure why he was asking other than out of curiosity and to learn more about me and DAXKO. However, it got me thinking. Am I spending my time on the right things?

I later asked him for his read on my answers. As an objective outsider, what did he think? Instead of directly answering, he gave a bit of advice, which I think is worth sharing.

When he was a division president leading a team of thousands, he would ask himself “Why am I doing this?” with every task and project he found in front of him. If it was not something he should be doing, he would either delegate it or “kill it.”

As we grow and diversify as an organization, our individual roles and responsibilities are likely to become more complex as well. Ensuring we focus on the “right things” will be critical to our continued success and operational effectiveness. You may find that asking yourself this question is helpful. I have. In fact, I have a constant reminder posted on my desk.

This will mean some things simply don’t get done (or don’t get done by YOU or don’t get done immediately), and that’s alright provided they are lower priority than other items. Of course, this means you’ll need to be clear in communicating with others why that is.  You don’t want to simply ignore things and set the wrong expectations with your fellow teammates.

I encourage you to give this thought. Although somewhat uncomfortable at first, mastering this skill will allow us all to move a lot faster and more effectively.

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