I can come up with an idea a minute, but I can’t execute on any of them if I try all of them. And since the list of things I want to do, learn, and accomplish continues to grow, I decided I needed to change the way I approach my goals. This year, I decided to run my goals through two areas of focus.
A couple of books inspired this idea I read last year, The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) and Grit. 4DX talks about narrowing the scope of what you are working on because working on more than two projects will lead to completing zero projects. Grit talks about working at one thing over a long time because success comes from sticking it out past the hard parts.
For 2019, I am focusing on
1. Growing my relationships and network
2. Owning vs. running my company
Growing my relationships and network.
Leadership and entrepreneurship are lonely. Leaders can find themselves surrounded only by people who depend on them for something and as a result, they don’t experience true friendships. I have done a poor job developing my friendships and personal network for the last four to five years. When I look forward five years, I see my life filled with meaningful friendships which means. If this is going to be a reality, I have to start now. In the first ten days of this year, I have intentionally met up with more people than I did in all of 2018.
Owning vs. running my company.
The greatest leaders are also the greatest delegators. They cast a vision of the desired outcome, empower others to carry out that vision, and then support them with resources, education, and grace as they work to carry it out. They don’t figure out all the steps and then hand off the process. Historically, I have taken the second approach. This approach works until the business grew to the point where I am a bottleneck to growth. There is a long list of projects I need to complete, most of which are waiting for me to start. I have an all-star team at Envoy. Each is a brilliant problem solver, each is full of empathy, and each is a hard-worker. Every new project that comes up needs to be run through a qualification filter to make sure it is worth doing before I empower a leader in my company to own it. When I look forward five years, I will own several companies, something I cannot do if I am running all them the way I have been running Envoy.
I commit to tabling any idea or project that falls outside of these two focus areas for the entirety of 2019. If it doesn’t grow my network, and it it’s something I cannot delegate to a capable leader, I need to save it for later. I hope