“You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.” – Michael Jordan
Despite understanding techniques in theory and having the necessary tools to get the job done, not all workers are thriving. Instead, there’s a largish percentage who just get by. They feel trapped as they work long hours but don’t achieve their targets or meet deadlines on a consistent basis. The surprising thing is the problem of the matter is often the very techniques and tools that are meant to support them.
There are techniques and tools and then there are those that are effective. The differences in the results emanating from the two are significant.
The characteristics of great techniques and tools are they’re:
Easy to understand and execute
Believed by the person using them
Aligned to an individual’s strengths, weaknesses and preferences
The reason many techniques and tools fail are because they’re simply not applied. They’re theory and that’s all. There’s a host of possible reasons why they’re not adhered to, but whatever the reason is they obviously won’t work if they’re not followed.
However, the real power and opportunity for improvement lay in aligning techniques and tools to your strengths, weaknesses and preferences. This might mean you either need to leverage your strengths and preferences, develop your weaknesses or minimise the frequency you depend on them. There are productivity gains here if you explore it, but it’s not a one size fits all approach.
The benefit from doing this is profound because it’s easier to unlock your potential, make progress, achieve and exceed targeted results when you understand how to blend your uniqueness with great techniques and tools.
The impediments to success are to get the tailoring and customisation right by not falling into a “this is how I’ve always done it mindset.” A great question to ask is: “Will it be scalable and sustainable?”
If you’re unsure how to proceed then get support because getting it right can be the difference between success or failure.