Why There Is No Time Like Real Time

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Dear Readers:

One of the things my staff will tell you about me is that I like to do things in real time. Now, working in this business, I am aware that things take time, but I like to at least take that initial first step together as a team so that we can have some sort of shared goal and an outline.

Don’t Waste Time. As a former procrastinator (and a business owner), I can tell you that the notion that “time is on your side” is not always true. Daily distractions and doubt have very tricky ways of sidelining great ideas while someone else swoops in, takes the ball and wins the game. There is, of course, real value in sitting on big decisions and creating strategy, but taking that initial step is key.

Ignoring it won’t make something go away. We live in a world where “ghosting” has become so commonplace that its not seen as the disrespectful and harmful move it actually is. Ignoring an issue only feeds it and not addressing something head-on gives it far more power over your daily activities than you realize. It’s always there looming over you and the team that is frustrated or concerned by your lack of attention to something of importance. There is also the issue of putting something aside so long that you forget about it or it becomes outdated and unusable.

Silence isn’t golden. I like to talk about things in the open immediately with my staff so that we can get to the bottom of things and move on asap. I value transparency in pricing, with clients, in relationships and with staff members because there is nothing worse than feeling as though someone is not being upfront with you. It not only creates anxiety and tension, but “surprises” undermine your reputation.

Flexibility gives freedom. Just because we decide something in an initial moment doesn’t mean we have to commit to it forever.  Knowing that we are able to change our mind and tweak things gives room for real brainstorming and helps others feel more comfortable speaking up.

Finally, it creates a space of leadership. When you give people room to make decisions, you show that you trust them enough to empower and count on them. When your team feels you value, trust and respect them, they are more apt to rise to the occasion and value, trust and respect you.
What do you feel about procrastination? Do you tend to sit on things too long?
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