This was a coaching question but it applies to anyone with a boss, client, student or colleague.
Novice coaches often mistake inefficiencies with dedication.
Spending hours, upon hours, on administration and busy-work that add very little value to their client, or boss.
Specifically, there is a reluctance to use templates and recycle work. In fact, they think that anything not built from scratch is cheating.
Under what conditions are templates cheating?
- don’t work
- not fun
- lower compliance
- fail to meet goals
What to do?
- Aim towards continual efficiency improvements at what you do
- Save your work – you have limited number of keystrokes in your life
- Check with bosses, supervisors and clients on what they value – so you can work on the right things!
- Pay attention to what limits your performance and enjoyment – admin will make you miserable, especially when it can be avoided
- Notice, and keep, what works
- The cost of (an inefficient) status quo is hidden
- Frequently pause and ask… What is important now?
As an advisor, remember that performance is driven by behavior, not protocol – the best protocol is the one that motivates effective behavior.
Personal inefficiencies don’t motivate effective behavior in others.
What are your most effective behaviors?
Be the brand.
Keep it simple.
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