What is on your to do list today? What do you need to achieve? Are you confident of getting it all done?
If you have been following UK politics you will have seen that the Prime Minister, Teresa May, has just called a ‘snap election’. Whilst some political experts had wondered if it would happen –Teresa May had stated many times since becoming PM that she would not call one – so it has taken most people by surprise. The UK political parties now have less than 2 months to prepare, campaign and canvass voters. Think back to your to do list – is there anything on there that you have been putting off for 2 months?
Acting quickly can give you a huge competitive advantage. Recently Elon Musk caused quite the stir in Australia as he claimed that he would build a new power plant in 100 days or it would be free. http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/10/elon-musk-fix-south-australia-blackouts-energy-problems-for-free.html This is quite the change from traditional slow, red tape style government contracts. It certainly caused people to take note. http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/14/elon-musk-south-australia-energy-fix-prompts-ukrainian-prime-minister-to-get-in-touch-for-talks.html
However, we should not really be surprised. Elon Musk has a proven track record in acting quickly. Earlier this year he took a customer complaint to a new business policy within 6 days. http://www.marketing-interactive.com/elon-musk-takes-complaint-tweet-carries-execution-6-days/ Think back to your to do list – is there anything on there that you have been putting off for 6 days!?
Companies can foster an ethos of slow decision making. Waiting to confirm decisions by a quarterly board meeting, having too many layers of hierarchy or even just not priortising action can mean that decisions are drawn out for too long. But individuals can help to change this. Making timely decisions, ensuring flatter levels of control, effective delegating and above all, a passion ‘for getting the job done’ can help to showcase the benefits of acting quickly. This is not a rallying call to make bad decisions – ensure due diligence, research the options…but then make a decision and get it done.
So, look back at your to do list. Is there a reason that you have not done something? Do you really need to put that task off for another 2 months?