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Chasing Yesterday

Chasing Yesterday

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” ~Pablo Picasso. While Picasso was an extraordinary artist, his fatalism would mercilessly crush most overworked, time-compressed commoners. Yes, today’s priorities may unfortunately extend into the next day. But, in a world where emergencies do not stop when the shift ends, how do you catch up to ongoing assignments and responsibilities? Chasing yesterday reflects the hopeless case of one day’s action items rolling over to the next day where they collide with the new day’s action items!

Expiring Action Items
Before combating these runaway priorities, put them in a category before the next day arrives. Execute a divide and conquer strategy. Expiring items are activities with an expiration date. Priorities that must be done by today or the opportunity is gone. Request For Proposals fall into this category. Identify these quickly so that responsibility is met before the expiration window passes. Also, lunch has an expiration date. If you work through lunch and don’t make other plans, you will go hungry for that day. And, no amount of rabbits pulled out of your hat can erase that noontime hunger. Prepare better going forward to avoid that pain. But for the moment, accept that you are hungry and defeated.

Exploding Action Items
These items come with a time frame and a catastrophic event. These action items must be prioritized and managed with a call-to-action for additional resources. Payroll functions are exploding items. Organizational Armageddon results from incomplete payroll functions. Hell knows no fury like an unpaid employee! When these problems are identified, they are resolved before most other functions (except larger exploding items). Expiring items that rollover remain incomplete. The train has left the station. Exploding items leave collateral damage! When items are trending toward rolling over to the next day, test their urgency. If there are serious consequences, then take action. Escalate their priority. Items that are not urgent require acceptance that they will rollover to the next day. That item can then be chased again. But, minimize those still.

Chasing yesterday imprisons. Alternatively, ignoring problems means someone else inherits the responsibility. “Not my job” works for the individual. It sucks for the team, particularly when others depend on your contribution. Chasing yesterday results in unfinished business. Watching yesterday’s action items rollover slows progress. Furthermore, ignoring yesterday’s commitments multiplies problems. Determine whether you have expiring or exploding action items. Make a call. Manage the consequences.

 
By Glenn W Hunter
Managing Director of Mo Patton Sports, LLC
Principal of Hunter And Beyond

~Thank You T.P.

May 30, 2016 Posted by | Better Business, Better Communication, Better Person | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Good Luck

Good Luck

Running Mo Patton Sports LLC, a Nashville-based sports media company, I get to wish young athletes good luck all the time. What I really mean is good fortune. Or, I want things to go your way. However, saying “good luck” is better received. And in a business where I need to have people very comfortable talking to me, I refuse to fall on a self-righteous sword to disregard my superstitious audience’s constant search for luck. That would be bad luck, or more accurate, unfortunate for me. Instead I communicate with my audience in a language where they are comfortable. I want them to be lucky, not brow-beaten by a self-appointed language sheriff.

Self-Made Men
“Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men.” ~E.B. White. If luck represents a significant contributor to success, then it would be important to people who have been prosperous. However, successful individuals are more likely to proclaim “Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)” rather than “Thank my lucky stars.” Execution drives positive results. Individuals who define themselves through their accomplishments will more likely honestly assess their actions. Like my athletes, encouraging them to enjoy good luck is polite. Strategy, preparation, execution are the real drivers for success. Whether crushing your competition on the ball field or in the marketplace, winning is predicated on performance!

A Great Believer
“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” ~Thomas Jefferson. An avowed rationalist, President Jefferson has his tongue firmly placed in his cheek when he first uttered this statement. His luck is a direct result of his work ethic. He owns his success! Consequently, single-minded courage and confidence were primary drivers in establishing beliefs leading to launching the United States of America. In encouraging excellence within a team, through an organization or throughout a nation, believing the goal will be achieved represents a great start. Then, concentrated effort delivers results!

Strategy is an ingredient in accomplishing extraordinary goals. Preparation is another ingredient in that outcome. Execution, then, can produce the desired goal. The best part of achievement is that it is contagious. In demonstrating hard work leading to success others will want to follow. Leadership is predicated on one win leading to another win until significant momentum emerges. Whether you are in the starting blocks or the initial meeting to pitch the next great company, throw luck out the window. Summon your preparation and strategic planning. Then, get ready to work your butt off! Work through the necessary processes. Finish with accepting the results. Then build upon the initial steps to make the subsequent ones even better. Iterate. Iterate again. Earn the privilege to control your destiny. Now, establish your destiny. Good fortune!

 
By Glenn W Hunter
Managing Director of Mo Patton Sports, LLC
Principal of Hunter And Beyond

May 10, 2016 Posted by | Better Communication, Better World | , , , , , , | 3 Comments