After a few weeks of learning the ropes, he was beginning to realize that there was more to the job than anticipated. When I asked him for a report one day, an easy spreadsheet that should have taken an hour, he came to me at the end of the day with the format for the data but no numbers. Written across the top in big letters was O B E.
When asked just what that meant, he said, “I had so many interruptions and other things that weren’t finished, and there was so much going on I just didn’t get it done.”
Successful leaders are never O B E. Everybody has far more to do on any day than can possibly be accomplished. Everybody can always be O B E on occasion. But those who know what are priority activities will be successful while others will always be O B E.
The key is knowing the difference between doing things right and doing the right things. Everybody knows that perfection stands in the way of progress. Identify the activities that will lead to success and get them done. Call it time management. Call it setting priorities. Call it doing the right things. Just keep focused on it.
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