- First, get really clear on the results that are expected. A good way to do that is to look out a year from now and ask yourself this question, “If my team and I have a totally kick-butt year, what will it look like?” Jot down the words or short phrases that describe the results in terms of such things as accomplishments, size, growth, financial metrics, customer satisfaction, the way you’re working together, etc.
- Second, make a list of the 20% of the things you should be spending 80% of your time and attention on to achieve those results. Achieving different results requires different actions. What’s on the short list of things that you need to start spending most of your time and attention on starting now to have a reasonable shot at getting those results a year from now? Those are the things you need to pick up.
- Third, make a list of the 20% of the things that you have been spending 80% of your time and attention on. As you make this list, put a check mark beside the things that you are an expert in. Those are the things you need to let go of. It’s practically certain that they no longer require your level of expertise. When you’re done with your list, figure out who you’re going to give the check marks to. By letting go of some of your expert items, you create the opportunity for others to grow. It’s also the only way you can scale your to pick up the things that will lead to new results.
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