Getting more done with less effort
I ran across this rule in John Maxwell’s book Thinking for a Change. His approach to leadership uses this formula. He spends 10% of his time in establishing the vision for a project, getting the necessary resources, and providing encouragement. He then lets the responsible individual or team take it 80% of the way to completion, and doing all the creative work necessary to reach the stated objectives. He then spends the final 10% to wrap up the project and lend a hand to take the project the rest of way, if needed.
This ensures that his time is spent on the most productive activities and provides others with the opportunity to grow their own leadership skills. This is part of his formula which seeks to answer the question, what are you going to give up? He identifies the following:
- You Can’t Know Everyone
- You Can’t Do Everything
- You Can’t Go Everywhere
- You Can’t be Well-Rounded
Take a moment to reflect on what he is saying, his message is powerful and offers specific direction on how to remain focused on the big picture.