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Simple five step plan for just about everyone and everything

I love strategies for business and life that are incredibly simple – those are the ones that withstand the test of time.  I recently read this from Seth Godin’s blog (here):

1. Go, make something happen.

2. Do work you’re proud of.

3. Treat people with respect.

4. Make big promises and keep them.

5. Ship it out the door.

When in doubt, see #1.

Seriously – there are some incredible basic concepts here, but they are all nuggets of wisdom.  I challenge everyone for the next week, to stop for 60 seconds in the beginning of your day, and plan your day taking these into account.  Hopefully it will be as inspirational to you as it was for me.

Scott Capistrano, MBA, CPA 

President

Status Not Quo

Not Your Ordinary Consulting Firm

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It’s not the same thing …

Activity driven versus Objective driven.  Same concept?  Difference in semantics?  This is a concept that I feel is a key issue in the “focus” in many consultants – and really in many business professionals in general.

I frequently find that most people work very hard.  Obviously there are many exceptions to this.  However, many people do work long hours, try very hard, and have their heart in the right place.  Sometimes just working hard is enough to succeed.  However, many times these people find themselves being frustrated by their lack of success – whether they feel they are the cause or not.  “I’ve been working so hard on this project.  I worked on this for 16 hours yesterday …”

This is where the phrase “learn to work smarter” comes into play.  In today’s competitive world, hard work unfortunately won’t always guarantee success.  Simply putting in a large number of hours does not excuse not completing your objectives.  We need to work smarter. 

I feel the first step in this transformation is to be Objective driven.  It’s actually a very simple concept – define your success based on the agreed upon objectives – not based on how hard your trying.  It still surprises me how often people do not take the time to be absolutely clear on the objectives of your task – and then remain focused on them.  Another common saying – “if you don’t know where you’re going, you won’t know when you’ve arrived”.  Plus you probably won’t even get there.

 The importance of “Focus” cannot be understated.  Staying focused on the deliverables – i.e. the agreed upon Objectives, is critical to success – it’s also upon what we are usually evaluated.  If you just work hard and don’t reach your objectives, you’ll be viewed as “someone who works very hard, but ultimately does not get the job done.”  Ouch.

Scott Capistrano

VIA Board Member