A quote to contemplate
“It’s not the big that eat the small; it’s the fast that eat the slow”.
– Jason Jennings.
Things to Know
One of my mentors is Siimon Reynolds. Last month he released his new book Win Fast. The book has loads of strategies, tactics to improve your personal and business performance quickly. I recommend it.
I have outlined 2 of the strategies from Siimon’s book below + some action steps from it – some great lessons here:
‘Sense of Urgency’ – the No. 1 Most Important Character Trait of Top-Performing CEO’s
Professor John Kotter of Harvard University was studied America’s top performing CEO’s based on their company’s share price over a 10-year period. He then interviewed the CEO’s and those that worked closely to them.
The researchers found that there was a single characteristic that they all shared – indeed Professor Kotter concluded that if a CEO did not have this trait, their chances of reaching the top in Business were exceedingly slim.
So, what is this most important character trait – Kotter calls it ‘a sense of urgency’.
“The top performers review quickly, decide quickly and then act quickly. They work at speeds that are far faster than ordinary people – and so they garner extraordinary results.
They push others to act quickly too. They don’t put up with long delays from the people they work with. They are constantly cajoling their staff and suppliers to get things done rapidly”.
Use the Bezos Decision-making system
Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon categorises decisions in 2 ways:
Do you rush typical Type 1 decisions, acting without having fully considered every aspect of the situation? And almost as bad, do you take ages to decide which way to go on Type 2 decisions, when these are issues that could easily be reversed if they are found to be wrong, and so should be decided on quickly!