Keep your eye on the ball

I’m a big American football fan.  I’m generally for the underdog,  because those teams use a lot of emotion to keep motivated. So much so, that in those last few minutes, where the catch is going to get a touchdown to win the game, the receiver starts thinking about the celebration, takes his eye off the ball, drops it, and loses the game.  Now all you sports fans out there must have similar analogies.  But guess what? All you business people do too!

Have you ever asked a vendor partner, colleague, or boss for something and they don’t deliver?  Whether it’s no follow through or the wrong follow through, it’s disappointing.  We tend to think it’s the other person’s fault, but before we do that we should make sure that we made clear the expectations — what do you want?  What will that output look like?  When do you want it?

And realizing that no one can read your mind, as much as we sometimes want them to, most likely the job won’t be done perfectly.  So when you get the deliverable, give the person timely, clear, and just-enough feedback.  Also, give them the opportunity to give you input.  You want to make sure they understand your requests and have all the tools they need.  You also want to make sure that your expectations are realistic.

How do you score?  Stay in the moment, be focused, and have good follow-through.  That’ll make you a winner, regardless of what you’re working on.

Wishing you Americans a wonderful Thanksgiving!

All my best, Aruna

“In the successful organization, no detail is too small to escape close attention.”
~ Lou Holtz~

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