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Don’t do it for success. Do it to SUCK LESS!

Suck Less

What could you get better at if you did it every day for 100 days?

Pretty much anything, right?

This is Austin Kleon’s philosophy and I love it!

I pick up my guitar every day anyway, but I’ve picked a very particular song to practice every day so I can SUCK LESS at it.

I’ve got the chart on my wall, I’m checking off the numbers, it only takes a few days to build up a chain…and now it’s up to me not to break it!

What would you like to SUCK LESS at over the next 100 days?

Go get the printable chart from Austin’s website here.

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Efficient vs effective: what comes first?

To become a more efficient growth team, start with becoming more EFFECTIVE and the efficiencies will shake out.

Here are a few key ways to approach it:

  1. Firstly, spend time with your team in their work – find out how they work, how they do what they do, get a clear understanding of how the work happens. Everyone works a little differently. Don’t make assumptions.
  2. Help to identify their ‘one thing’? What’s their core strength? What are they great at?
  3. What are they currently doing that is distracting them from doing that one-thing? What’s a waste of their time? Take that away – delegate, eliminate, hire support resources, introduce technology/automation.
  4. What tools, resources and guidance do they need in order to be more effective in their role? What conditions need to be true in order for them to do their best work?
  5. Supply your team with clear information – goals, KPIs, guidance documentation, make it easy to access (via technology)
  6. Do they feel like the master of their own destiny? In other words, are your team members making changes in their own work? Are the changes employee-led?
  7. Finally, trust them to get on with their work.

Start by doing the right things, then do those things right.

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Setting goals for 2021…

Personal goal setting tips:

  1. Start your goal setting in October
  2. Don’t share your goals with others
  3. Once set, focus on activities and behaviours not outcomes

Tips for success:

  1. Build the activities into your identity
  2. Don’t rely on internal motivation
  3. Don’t rely on external recognition
  4. Create a routine that makes it easy for you
  5. Don’t let a bad day ruin your week/year

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