17 Jun Will it make the boat go faster?
A few weeks ago, there didn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done that should have been. Or at least that is how it felt and many of you may have been feeling the same.
We are in the middle of a pandemic – most of us are still working from home providing support to clients remotely, as well as juggling homeschooling and childcare responsibilities, and we have been busy in the background getting our new business, Be Business Fit, off the ground too.
Talking about the challenges that we and our clients are facing, Jayne reminded me of Ben Hunt-Davis, one of the GB eight rowing team who in 2000 won Olympic Gold. In preparing for the Olympics two years prior, the team started to ask themselves the question “will it make the boat go faster?” and applied it to every conversation or decision they took, whether that was about the takeaway burger they were thinking of devouring or skipping a training session.
In his book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’, Steven Covey talks about focusing on what is important but not urgent, dealing with things like creating a vision, goal setting, relationship building, exercising, and preparation. On reflection, I was beginning to spend too much time on urgent and important matters, rather than being more focused on the preventative and strategic elements of important but not urgent tasks. Or, in other words, focusing on tasks that won’t necessarily have an impact in the longer-term or make the boat go faster.
With all the challenges that have been thrown at business leaders over the last few months, we need to bear this in mind. Yes, there will be things that are urgent and important that need to be dealt with, but by focusing on the important and not urgent, it can help your business get ahead and move that boat faster.
At Be Business Fit we help business leaders to focus on the fundamentals that are critical to strengthening the business.Making time to have the bigger conversations in a world that is changing rapidly is easier said than done and we recognise that these conversations also need support and a structured framework to focus precious time on what really matters.
We have created a unique framework designed to facilitate these conversations and get you thinking what’s important, from strategy and culture, through to inspiring leadership and performance. What is right for one business may not be for another and our framework is designed to be flexible and tailored to your needs.
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