Making a Productive Warrior
Do you want to be a ‘productive warrior’ in 2020?
We encounter many activities that hardly add any values but tend to persist in our organizational habits. Overtly long meetings, unending streams of emails, pages of pointless MIS – examples are many. In some way, all of us become instrumental in perpetuating these habits.
Probably, the key to the change lies in re-focusing and taking-up new habits. Here are a few suggestions:
i. One topic to impact business - Let’s volunteer to pick-up one customer or business topic where we can make a positive contribution to the company’s performance. The key is to choose a topic beyond regular job responsibility. For example, a production executive volunteering to connect with a key customer to train them on the right product usage; or, a sales executive providing regular market updates to the planning team to help plan better; or, a CXO mentoring a new-batch of executives to help them learn the company’s values and methods faster. There are limitless possibilities bound only by the imagination and initiatives. This could be a great way to channelize our energies to add valuable impacts. Besides, there is no better way to multi-skill than getting involved in something new.
As a little change in my routine, I have decided to dedicate a few hours every week to our marketing team to help them in one of their activities. It’s already proving to be a win-win both ways.
ii. One skill to work better – This is about learning one new skill that will help enhance our own or our team’s performance. No doubt, we all are equipped to do our jobs well, but there are always new things to learn. It may be about a new technology or a functional best-practice or even improving a soft-skill – anything that can help do our jobs better and create more impact on our teams and businesses. For some, probably including such a learning plan formally into the KRA may help to keep the commitment alive and to adequately allocate the required time.
For me, big-data is still quite abstract. Learning to apply it to my domains is my learning quest for this year.
iii. One action to pay-back – It’s proven that consciously contributing to the larger society, beyond our core duties, can have transformative impacts - not only on the others’ lives but in our own lives as well. ‘Giving’ can be in terms of time, effort or money. Probably, time and efforts as voluntary works are more powerful. For example, a few volunteers decided to clean Mumbai’s Versova beach. The results were so outstanding that it attracted a large number of selfless volunteers who are now busy cleaning up many more beaches in the city. We can imagine the kind of positive impact that such actions must have had on everyone who is living around these beaches.
One can find volunteer works of any kind matching one’s preference and style. As a small gesture, I decided to join our native folks to start an educational fund to support meritorious students in our ancestral place.
So, what new habits would you like to pick-up to have an all-round productivity push? I will be happy to hear from you. Connect with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.