I’m excited to be writing this post today because it’s my birthday! Technically, my birthday is tomorrow (July 8) so let’s just say it’s my birthday week. At this pace, I’ll soon be celebrating a birthday month, and eventually, I’ll just celebrate all year long.
I’m taking some time off this week but I wanted to share the 5 ideas with you. These ideas came from my work with clients, colleagues, and everything else that has happened in the last 12 months.
1. What’s the Shortest Path Between A and B?
It’s not enough to ask “how can we do this?” but we should also be asking “what’s the fastest way to do this?”. There’s a natural tendency to complicate things but we need to actively fight this urge. Sometimes, the simplest solutions are also the shortest.
2. Who Will Support This?
The role that people play in corporate objectives is critical. You need to get people on board on a project from day 1. It’s also not enough to just think about champions or stakeholders, you also need to think about who will provide long term support. Things can fall apart without supervision, undoing all your hard work.
3. Speed of Decisions Matter
We want to make the RIGHT decision but we also need to make it in a timely manner. Sometimes, being decisive and willing to adapt your plan may be better than trying to get all the variables right.
4. Use Technology to Close Human Gaps
I do a lot of work with technology and I think that sometimes it’s importance can be overblown. However, using technology to close human gaps is quite valuable. By human gaps, I’m talking about the things that we struggle with. For example, we may struggle to look at the data on a consistent basis due to a lack of time. The technology could be used to summarize the most important numbers and send them to us in a convenient format e.g. email or Slack.
5. Data Isn’t Everything
I love data but it isn’t the most important thing. I’m more interested in seeing how a team is making decisions, how they deal with different opinions, and how they adjust to rapidly changing situations. Data can help but it can also hurt and limit you. Everything in moderation.
Now, back to you. I have one ask for you this week. What’s a lesson or idea that has made an impact on your life in the last 12 months? Let me know by sending me an email at [email protected].