What is more important: Growing your business or innovation?
CEO of Start Up America, Scott Case, says both are important.
Without innovation and new concepts, your business won’t grow. However, without proper execution, your customers and clients won’t hear about your innovation.
How you focus your time and energy really is determined by where you are in your business. If you are in start up mode or the infancy stages of a new business project, if you don’t have a plan in place to grow, it won’t matter how innovative you are. Take the time to get focused and on track, so you can execute it and see the results.
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We are all performance managers. If we are not managing the performance of others, we are, at the least, managing our own performance. We may choose to require the same, or more, or less of ourselves than we do of others. This is our choice, and we should make, and manage, that choice consciously and with respect for the implications.
Implications of the Conscious Choice:
We may expect the same of ourselves as we do of others. This appears to be the most fair, unless our expectation of ourselves is exceptionally high. We need to evaluate realistic capabilities of others in time, in ability and in role requirements. If we evaluate those capabilities objectively, then expecting the same is the most fair.
We may expect more of ourselves than others. If so, we may be setting ourselves up for a “martyr” self-attitude in time. We will resent our expectations of ourselves, and feel we’re overburdened. This is the start of burnout.
We may choose to expect more of others than we do ourselves. If we make that choice, we may be disappointed over time, because we are not role-modeling appropriate behavior. For example, repeatedly asking for quick response turnarounds will work—as long as we also respond quickly. If not…we are setting ourselves up for disappointment. People will not long “give”, what is not “given” to them.
If we expect less of ourselves than we do of others, we need to rethink what we’re doing, and the commitment we are making to the job, to our company and to each other.
Whatever choice we make, it should be a conscious one. Effectively working with and supervising others means understanding and respecting the implications of this choice.