|The No. 1 Secret To Career Success|
The No. 1 Secret To Career Success
Bruce Kasanoff , CONTRIBUTOR MAY 20, 2016
right to your answer: The secret to your success is to remember what you should
be doing, and to actually do it. If this sounds insanely obvious, let me ask
you: Day after day, even when it gets hard, are you doing the right things?
people don't. Most people try to be smarter or better or more clever or more
independent than everyone else. For many years, I fell victim to these traps,
spent a big chunk of my career trying to be at least one of the smartest people
in the room. There was a good reason for this: It was my job.
story short, technology companies love "thought leadership" because
it helps them sell tech. So for many years, my job was to deliver "thought
leadership" speeches and training programs. But eventually, it dawned on
me that by trying to invent my own smarter version of the world, I was acting dumber
than pretty much everyone else. It was all just words, all just one person
trying to invent the Next Big Thing.
I had an epiphany: People don't need the Next Big Thing; they simply need
better ways to remember to do the right things.
words, you know what to do, you just don't do it. This may be because you lack
willpower, clarity, or grit.
challenge, of course, is not simply remembering the solution. The challenge is
remembering the solution when you really want to forget it.
example: If you want to lose weight... eat less and exercise more. You know
this. But can you remember it when you are at a dinner with friends on your
second glass of wine and everyone orders dessert?
my ability to solve this problem, I gave up alcohol for a full year (2016). My
experience so far is that my willpower stays strong in the absence of alcohol.
(If I was still in the "thought leadership" business, I'd market this
as the Alcohol-Free Diet, although no one but me would probably try it.)
to do what's important often involves understanding your weaknesses, strengths,
context of an organization -- be it a small team or a public company -- the
same problem occurs. Someone has a vision, one that is practical and makes
sense. The team adopts it. But two months later, things are getting messy. Four
months later, chaos reigns.
just say the solution. Identifying it is not nearly
enough. You have to remember the solution, day after day.
to help other people overcome their uniquely human challenges, which largely
revolve around the fact that we lack willpower, clarity, or grit. Your
organization probably lacks these things too, especially clarity.
of giving all your employees a book and saying, "Do this," craft a
plan to repeat the same message thousands of times. Yes, thousands. Turn it
into pictures. Add it into conversations. Put it on forms and weave it into
processes. Hell, make it the name of a sandwich in your cafeteria.
same thing at home. Don't buy books to find the Next Big idea. Buy books to
help you focus your energy and attention on what you already know you should be
doing. Join groups and make friends for the same purpose. Get radical... if
your neighborhood encourages too much eating, drinking and lounging around...
move. Yes, move.
the right thing to do. Are you going to do it, or just look for an easier idea
that you can pretend is right?
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