CREATE YOUR A—>B AGENDA & STICK TO IT
Yesterday I had a tough day at work. Here’s the full story:
I’m leading a project and it’s coming to the end, which means: The deadline is set, things will happen no matter what, therefore, all my stakeholders need to do their work, according to my agenda, despite their own agendas.
However, everyone has his own agenda, thus everyone (1) wants to get (part of) my resources to fulfil his own agenda and (2) needs time to do other works. In order to sustain my project, I’ve had to say No a lot, put disciplines on people and at the same time encourage them. By 6 pm yesterday, I was burnt out, I had had too much I wanted to cry.
Today I pulled myself out of office and stayed home. I put everything into consideration and worked on the final executive agenda for my project. In other words, I pulled myself out of everyone’s agendas to focus on the project’s agenda.
If you want to lead, you have to be able to stay focus and be able to execute and/or control the execution, every detail of it if you need to. You can not finish any project by giving random orders. Once you declare war, you better have an agenda in place, or better, have already known the series of orders to your army.
Once you’ve figured out your biggest dreams – that’s your point B. You’re now at point A. Get yourself a paper, draw and write your master agenda from A to B.
This is my A—>B agenda for now:
Point A: Skye is a communications personnel. She has been moving to another country (or city) every 2 years, therefore hasn’t been able to date anyone for long.
Point B: Skye owns some lifestyle & fashion businesses, a gallery, some islands. Skye has her name printed on some rockets. Skye has written a few wonderful books and still writes and paints every day.
Skye’s lover adores her as much as she adores him. They create their (financially and spiritually) free and magical life around the world. They create something together and something of their own. They discuss. They sail and fly and walk and work and love. They know that “the end(s) of the world” are the North Pole and the South Pole and they can actually go there together, one at a time.
My dreams are quite simple I must say. How about yours? If your dreams don’t scare the hell out of you. Dream bigger.
Now let me introduce you to something very scary, it’s called the Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk). It was first presented to me by Seth Godin in his book ‘Linchpin’: “Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a crowdsourcing Internet marketplace that enables individuals and businesses (known as Requesters) to co-ordinate the use of human intelligence to perform tasks that computers are currently unable to do.”
Any project can be broken down into very small tasks. When some tasks can not be performed by computers or robots, we can just list them on Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk).
The A—>B agenda is expensive, the actual work is pretty cheap. I mean, you have a marketplace of human, all are racing to offer you the cheapest rate for completing a task. The smaller the task, the cheaper. If you can break your A—>B agenda down into very small and simple tasks, you’ll get things done almost for free.
Every company is a smaller version of the Amazon Mechanical Turk. The company’s owner has his A—>B agenda, you’re one human in his marketplace. Sorry, he’s not gonna pay you better if you’re (just) okay. There will always be someone that offers to perform the same task at a cheaper price. The company owner will then replace you with a cheaper option. That’s how the businessman makes the most out of his margin, therefore makes more profit right.
Directors, managers get paid so much more to solve much more complex problems, which the computers and majority of the human marketplace can not solve. Will you be one of those who gets paid so much more if you’re doing just okay, or slightly better? And that’s not even the point. The point is – You are still a part of the Amazon Mechanical Turk, you’re in the company’s owner A—>B agenda. Do you see the truth now?
So unplug yourself from everyone’s agendas. Go out, get yourself a coffee, create your own A—>B agenda, start designing your Amazon Mechanical Turk, get all your resources into work. You will see your dreams come true. And it’s not magic, especially when I’ve just explained to you the physics.
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