A great way to be significantly more productive is to start anything you're about to do with one question: What does a wildly successful outcome for this meeting, project, conversation -- whatever it might be -- look like? If you ask that question up front you co-create success: people knows what you're shooting for and actively work towards making it happen.
From a recent article The Best Way to Start Everything Important. The thrust of the observation is that to truly engage other people, we must always start with that one question: What does a wildly successful outcome for this meeting, this project, this sales call, etc. look like?
I certainly agree with that we have to have a clear vision of the end to help us get there. The challenge is that it is actually quite a difficult habit to develop. We are so caught up in the challenge or excitement of whatever we are embarking on that it is difficult to pause and reflect on it. It is in developing that patience that to pause where the challenge lies. Something the article does not help us with.
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