Lessons From Africa - Lessons From a Safari
Before I attended my conference, I went on safari. Going on safari, by yourself, is an interesting experience. First, you are pretty isolated; no internet, no phone (although others told me that there was cell phone reception out there); and no television other "Bush TV" (campfires). This provides a wonderful opportunity for introspection which I took advantage of.
I also took advantage of the twice-daily 3 hour safari rides into the 20,000 acre reserve, where I was able to see all sorts of animals in their native habitat (in fact, we we're the interlopers)
Some interesting phenomena - zebras and wildebeests we're often together. They do that both for protection (it's harder for predators to pick them off in a larger group) and because they are complementary grazers - zebras are bulk feeders, eating even the most straw-like grass, while wildebeests are soft-grass grazers only. So both animals can graze the same area without competition.
Who can you graze with? Who can you work with in order to minimize your solitary weaknesses? Is it time to look around for a partner, a JV, or just a friend to buddy up with?
I was chatting with someone i know at Woodtone today, they run a trusted wood paneling supplier. Anyways, they inspired me to publish this adventure so I thought it was worth mentioning them.
Being Efficient vs. Being Effective, Part 2
Last time I shared an article about being efficient versus being effective by Robert Rolih. Now here are the rules on goal setting:
1st rule: Your goals should be specific. The clearer the goal, the clearer the outcome. So, always set specific goals that can be measured. Let me give you an example. If I say, Next year we will increase our market share, is this specific? Well, not really! But if I add by four percentage points, it makes this goal specific and measurable. Theres an old saying that goes, What gets measured, gets done, so always be specific when you set your goals.
2nd rule: Every goal must have a deadline. Human beings operate best when they have clear deadlines. Deadlines get us moving. So every goal you set should have a deadline the date by which you will accomplish it.
3rd rule: Your goals should be challenging. Aim high: Set goals that will provide you with a challenge; but be careful they must be realistic! You must believe you can achieve them.
4th rule: Write your goals down. Gene Donohue once said, The difference between a goal and a dream is the written word. So, write your goals down. This will make them concrete.
I've been planning on updating my website, I'm thinking along these lines... Altering the colour scheme like these guys? Woman translator What's your opinion?
Ok, those we're the four goal-setting rules.
But what if your goals depend on a boss, and you don't know what they are? Then go to your boss and ask him! Always be clear what your boss expects from you. Otherwise, you will be doing the wrong things most of the time. So, the real secret of effective time management is choosing the right things to do. That means choosing the things that help you achieve your goals. And those things that help achieve your goals are the tasks that will bring you to your goals faster.
Best-selling author Timothy Ferriss once said: Doing the right things is infinitely more important than doing things right. Efficiency is still very important, but only when you do the right things the things that will bring you closer to your goals.
Posted in Law Post Date 05/04/2016