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Three Star Leadership | Wally Bock | How to Work Smarter

Concentrate

Block uninterrupted time to work for the important things, remove distractions and don't multitask.

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Three Star Leadership | Wally Bock | How to Work Smarter

Three Star Leadership | Wally Bock | How to Work Smarter

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Key Ideas

Choose your priorities

  • You can have too many important things. If a thing is important, start the day with it.
  • Pick measurable behaviors that drive important results. Then, keep records so you have a full picture of your progress.

Concentrate

Block uninterrupted time to work for the important things, remove distractions and don't multitask.

Unimportant stuff

Get used to saying no to good ideas and possibilities that distract you from the most important things and that don't serve your purpose.

Reduce cognitive load

... and save your brainpower for your most important things.
Use checklists, reminders, and automation to get things done without conscious effort.

Leverage your strengths

And do that for other people too.
This will bring greater benefits in the long term than spending time concentrating on your weaknesses.

Self-care

  • Take care of yourself. Your productivity levels depend on it:
  • Get enough sleep. Don't sacrifice sleep for work.
  • Eat right. Stop eating junk. Exercise.
  • Take recovery time.
  • Pay attention to your relationships.

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Tough conversations

If leadership is your job, you can’t walk away from them. Because they're part of your job.
These are conversations about performance and behavior. Most bosses dread them.

Make tough conversations easier

  • Touch base often, to catch problems when they're small.
  • Build relationships through conversations. Your employees will learn about you and whether they can trust you.
  • Have regular one-on-ones with your team members.
  • Solve problems as they appear. The smaller, the easier to handle.
  • Keep tough conversations private, away from distractions.
  • Tailor what you say and do to the person you’re meeting with.
  • Treat people with dignity.

Groupthink

Groupthink

A psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people, in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome.&nbs...

Warning signs of groupthink

  • We’ve always done it that way.”
  • “That’s the right way.”
  • “Everybody does it this way.”
  • “That’s standard practice.”

Not examining standard practices

A subtle form of groupthinking: When we don’t question a norm or standard practice, that’s lazy thinking. 

You can challenge everything you do, you just can’t challenge everything all at once. The whole idea of continuous improvement is based on always looking for ways to do things better. Continuously.

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Do Less — Then Obsess

Top performers definitely focus on fewer goals — but they also obsess like crazy over them, to produce quality work.

That extreme dedication to their priorities creates extraordinary r...

Deliberate Practice In The Workplace

  • Pick one and only one skill at a time to develop.
  • Dedicate 15 minutes a day to reviewing your performance on a workplace skill. 
  • Isolate micro-behaviors. If you want to give a better presentation, break down what goes into a good presentation and set a goal. 
  • Get feedback. Ask people what you can do to improve.

Feel Passion & Purpose

  • People think passion has to come from being excited about the tasks you perform. It doesn’t. There are 6 ways to derive passion from your work: Task passion, achievement passion, creative passion, people passion, learning passion and competence passion.
  • Purpose is about creating value for others in a way that is personally meaningful to you. It's less about the actual tasks you perform and more about how you frame them.