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The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
This is something that we all know intuitively. Multitasking doesn’t work. It is the truth short-term – you can type on only one keyboard at a time. This is also the case long-term. If you chase too many goals, if you and your team are not clear on the next big project to execute – it will lead to chaos, frustration and missed deadlines in the end. My recent discovery in this topic is the book: The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. The most valuable takeaways from this book is the concept of The Focusing Question:
What’s the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?
As a manager, you will need to be efficient and also make sure that your team is doing the right thing at the right time. It is a skill that can be trained. It will help you with dilemmas like: should I focus on interviewing for new positions in my team, or should I focus on this burning project that needs to be executed? Should I attend this important meeting with no agenda, or should I meet with my people to clarify their goals?
I invite you to read this position because nowadays we have the wrong concept of productivity that assumes, or even promotes:
having many priories – (priority should always be in the singular form, no?)
and in general – lack of focus on one activity at hand.
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