Overcoming the Futility of Doing the Next Thing

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Repeating things without improving them means you’re dead in the water, stuck in the muck, dying on the vine. Don’t simply do the next thing; make it better.

Leading isn’t repeating.

Your calendar includes reoccurring things  like, performance reviews, company meetings, client calls, and staff development, to name a few.

Don’t repeat, improve.

But isn’t improvement hard? Is there time, energy, and resources? Improvement isn’t an option it’s an imperative. Making things better is better when it’s easy. Remember, making things harder isn’t an improvement.

Making it easy to make things better:

  1. New techniques. Do old things in new ways. What new approach to performance reviews can you employ, for example?
  2. New value to clients. Quarterly client calls gain value when you bring new value. Clients who trust you want your recommendations and suggestions for improving their business.
  3. More humanity.
  4. Variety. Try new locations, times, participants, even order of activity.
  5. Next level. Last time we had balloons this time we’ll have clowns.
  6. New value to employees. Shift from receiving value to giving value. How can you delight staff?
  7. Build on the present, don’t eliminate it.
  8. Eliminating antiquated systems, rituals, processes, and procedures. If you don’t know why you’re doing it, it’s time to stop it or rediscover why.
  9. Surprise.
  10. Define “better”.

Bonus: Improvement means canceling a minimal-value  meeting. Send an email instead.

Don’t change everything but improve something.

Waiting for big improvement often results in no improvement. On the other hand, small improvements make a big difference.

Where and how can leaders make simple improvements that make things better?