Improve the Details of Your Work

Make a list of 15 things that you do in your work.

Here’s one example:

Talk with employees. Talk with prospective employees. Talk with customers. Talk with prospective customers. Talk with suppliers. Talk with potential suppliers. Talk with peers. Talk with the boss. Design work flow from product creation to product delivery. Provide customer service. Solve problems as they pop up. Develop cutting-edge products to open new markets. Price your products/services to support your brand. Develop clearer compensation plans. Evaluate all current employees for future positions and responsibilities.

Now take one item and focus on improving it for the next two weeks by answering these questions:

  1. For this item, what do I do well right now and why is that effective?
  2. What do I do now that is not effective and why is it not effective?
  3. What could I do to be more effective and why would that be better?

Focus on just improving that one item for the next weeks. Then go to the next item for two weeks. In seven months you will have improved all 15 parts of what you do.

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