This final section of the Working Smarter post covers two key points. Balance – to allow you to be consistent (in being amazing!) and an overview of how you can develop a strategy and supporting tactics to implement a One Thing approach for your business. This is the final post in this series – the earlier posts are Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.
An interesting observation made about balance is that if you try to achieve perfect balance – you will fall into the multi-tasking trap and end up doing poorly in all quadrants (Health, Work, Family, Community) of your life. A better result comes from applied effort in an area and then swinging completely back from that to apply a similar amount of focus to another quadrant.
It is impossible to create a magic formula for balance – but the following points made and quotes used in the text may be of benefit:
- The larger the swing (time between peaks and troughs) the greater the amplitude will be – apply most energy during the swing back from a peak in another area and you will get the biggest result from the swing (think timing – it is better to apply more effort when you’re starting to work in the next quadrant than trying to apply effort when the swing is working against you);
- Let the right things come first when they need to – and get to the rest when you can;
- It is attitude, not aptitude that gets you amplitude (Zig Ziglar);
- There is no decision that we can make that doesn’t come with some sort of balance or sacrifice. (Simon Sinek), and;
- Achieving your One Thing liberates you to move onto your next One Thing – all in alignment with your life goals moving you towards a state of fulfillment – learn from the elderly – it is better to have times of success to reflect upon than pools of mediocrity and missed opportunities to dwell upon when your end is nigh.
Key Signs of Successful Balancing as you Move Towards Your One Thing
You will be achieving the right balance when:
- Your One Thing goals at work are met;
- You know what is going on at home - what the kids are doing and the latest issues your partner is dealing with;
- People are phoning you about social opportunities, and;
- A look in the mirror doesn't cause you to glance quickly away!
Setting your One Thing Goals at Work
The following is a worked up example as to how you could apply a "One Thing" approach to your own business / operation. The process is best suited to decision maker / designer level, roles which have more of a creative component.
The line supervision and operational levels in companies tend to be transactional - so there is less flexibility to design and execute a "One Thing" approach. The 80:20 principle will still apply however - so the works coordinator level (foreman / section manager etc.) can use the following steps to identify line improvements.
An approach which ORM have applied successfully is to start at the organizational level (think Strategy) and then mapped down to the individual level (think Tactics). A good way to determine what the "One Thing" is to paint the picture in the negative - that means consider a set of things you could do - and then consider one as being removed. Will it make a big difference, little difference or no difference at all?
The image below is interactive - and shows what the steps look like. Mouse over each step in the process and you will see some pop up text which describes the step in more detail and gives an overview of the types of activity that should be occurring.
If you want some detailed examples of how this process looks - please contact Peter and he will send through a worked example with One Thing goal sheets and sample slide decks to use in your company.
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