Monday, November 17, 2008

Great Question #2 from a Strategic Planning Session

So, when we last left off, our question was "Is it sustainable"?...

What an ironic question. Every time I sit down to blog, I tell myself "Keep going! Don't quit! Do another one tomorrow." And alas, now three weeks after the last blog post I realize that blogging is only sustainable for me if I commit to doing it by scheduling it into my calendar.

So enough about me: Here's the second great question:

"Does it add value?"

I mean, think about it: What's the point in doing something sustainable ("Yes, we can keep doing this!") if it doesn't add value ("But who cares if we do or we don't?")

Think about something you are doing at work. For example, you say, yes, we've committed to holding Monday morning staff meetings (sustainable). But how are you adding value by doing that? What objectives are you achieving -- or even more pointedly -- what objectives are you achieving in your regular Monday morning staff meetings that could not be achieved any other way?

Before you add anything else to your to do list, run what you currently have listed through the two questions: Is it sustainable? Does it add value?

Then, see what you can eliminate before you add more.

And keep me in the loop!


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