We began the week by identifying the four traits of a strategic leader:
We continued by describing four barriers to strategic leadership”
As part of yesterday’s work, I asked you to make a list of all the things you’d done over the previous day (or days). Today, we flip that around.
Take a few minutes now and make a list of all of the things you did not get done!
Now plug them into the matrix. Notice anything? If you are like some of us, many of your uncompleted tasks will fall in quadrant 2. This is just one more reminder that we can be more driven by urgency than by importance.
Now, compare what you did in quadrant 3 with what you didn’t do in quadrant 2. You can think of this as a strategic deficit. While quadrant 1 activities are largely unavoidable, quadrant 3 activities are avoidable. All the time that you spent in quadrant 3 was time you could have invested in quadrant 2. That quadrant 3 time is your strategic deficit!
Next week we’ll start digging into why we would spend time in quadrant 3 instead of investing time in quadrant 2. If you want to get a head start on that work, spend a few minutes reflecting today or this weekend.
When you chose to act on specific quadrant 3 issues, why did you make those choices? What criteria did you use in choosing between urgent and important?
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Do good and be well,