I’m a pretty laid back guy. When things need to get done though, I make them happen instead of let them happen. Yesterday one of my buddies said, “man, things are pretty slow today.” Things are slow because we are allowing them to be slow.
To make things happen one must:
- Learn the system and identify slack points and remove them.
- Meet the people involved, especially decision makers, address their concerns directly and mitigate.
- Drive the timeline. When will this step be completed? What’s next? Warm up the next step.
- Congratulate accomplishments.
- Keep the bosses excited so you can ensure resources and support.
- Be ready, each ‘thing’ made happened opens up the possibility for another.
If you let things happen you wait for things to come to you. You avoid pressuring the system, your peers, subordinates or superiors.
It doesn’t matter if you work at McDonalds, Google or the White House. Stop waiting for someone to hand you a purpose and make things happen, time is running out.