304.677.0296 guy@partnerscoach.com

1 min readGet Off The Assembly Line!

by Guy Gage | January 5, 2020 | Business, Performance, Personal Management

Two Choices

When you are in performance mode, you have you have to choose how you will execute your tasks. Option one is to complete them as efficiently and accurately as possible, kinda like being on an assembly line. Just do the same way you did the last one and just like you’ll do the next one. So you check the box. “Yep. I did that.”

Option two requires more thought. Having done something, ask yourself, “Does this make sense? What are the consequences, positive and negative? Does it further my client achieving their goals?” This level of thinking requires more than checking boxes. And it’s what separates you from artificial intelligence.

Difficult To Choose

You know that option two execution is important, it matters, and your clients expect it. It’s not that you can’t—you just don’t. So why don’t you execute in the second option more often? In the end, it’s because you are too crowded. You’ve not allowed enough space to breathe or think or anticipate. You are so on-the-go that your focus is on competing the next task in front of you.

But you’re more than that. You are a knowledge worker who creates value with your mind. You use thoughtful insight gained from your specialized training and experience to separate yourself from assembly line performance.

Balcony Time

Now, no one is going to force you to take “think time,” or what we call “balcony time.” In fact, the external pressures are pushing you to choose option one. You have to resist and choose option two, at least periodically, to ensure you aren’t just checking boxes—and acting robotic. It may require you to realign your priorities. The expectations that others have of you will have to be negotiated, communicated and clarified. Spending time in the balcony is a choice that must be on your calendar with DO NOT DISTURB on it.

When you finish reading this, you will go back to performance mode. Which execution option will you choose? (Hint: get off the assembly line!)

Read Related Blogs:

We’ll Change The World Together

Appreciation is Nice From last week’s Message, I received a nice comment from a reader who indicated that he appreciated the Monday Messages and gets a lot out of them. It was nice because I usually don’t hear from very many readers (you?) about whether these Messages...

read more
It All Depends On This

It All Depends On This

Your Health Needs YOU For the last five months, the globe has been under extreme pressure caused by the pandemic. It has redefined work, tanked the economy, destroyed education and dampened social relationships. Interestingly, all the stress and anxiety people felt is...

read more
Those Days Are Gone

Those Days Are Gone

Remember Those Days? Remember when you would hold off communicating with staff until you were both in the office at the same time? Remember when you could walk down the hall and quickly ascertain how your jobs were going and how your people were doing? Remember how...

read more
Share This

Share This Article!

Who do you know that needs to read this? Send Now!