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Fewer Things, Done Better

Author Greg McKeown writes in his popular book Essentialism how LinkedIn Executive Chairman Jeff Weiner considers “fewer things done better as the most powerful tool for effective leadership”. Like many other growing technology companies, Weiner might have easily tried to pursue multiple directions for the company. Instead, he said no to many good opportunities in order to focus only on the very best ones. He uses the acronym “FCS” (for “focus“) to teach his philosophy to his teams. For Weiner and his employees, “FCS” stands for:

  1. Fewer things done better.
  2. Communicating the right information to the right people at the right time.
  3. Speed and quality of decision making.

What McKeown found when interviewing and gathering data from people like Jeff Weiner and over five hundred other people on more than one thousand work teams, is that when there is a high level of clarity of purpose, teams and individuals thrive. Conversely, when there is lack of clarity about purpose, people are often confused, stressed, frustrated and eventually fail.

Clarity Brings Success

The principle of “less but better” is useful in building successful teams.  In addition, it is helpful for individuals to live more productive and rewarding lives. Effective leaders, through effective communication of clarity and focus in purpose, create unified teams which helps them identify and decide which opportunities and activities are most important. For people who lead in any capacity, whether that is a small team at work, a large department or company, or a group in your community, applying the “less but better” approach will help you and your teams reach your goals and achieve success.

“It’s About Time” to gain control!

The “FCS” strategy is just one we share with clients who want to be more productive at work and home. The topic of our “It’s About Time” virtual productivity program for the month of June is “Cross it off your list / How to prioritize when everything is a priority”.  This includes strategies like those shared above and how to improve focus and prioritize your long list of “to dos”.

Among the topics to be covered in June are:

  • Task management:  two week goals
  • Eliminate physical and electronic distractions
  • End of day / start of day routines

If you struggle to prioritize tasks or have too much on your to-do list, now is a great time to join!

Want private coaching custom tailored to your needs and situation? If your to-do list is overwhelming you, or you could just use some help tuning up your daily habits and routines to boost your productivity, schedule a free, no-risk Discovery Call today.  We would love to discuss how Simply Placed can help!

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