Monday, January 23, 2017

Own it and Let Your Work Speak for Itself

Completely own it when you screw up.

"Implementing extreme ownership requires checking your ego and operating with a high degree of humility. Admitting mistakes, taking ownership, and developing a plan to overcome challenges are integral to any successful team." --Jocko Willink

No blame. No deception or illusion. Just the cold, hard truth. When you mess up, you own it. And as the leader, you own it when your team fails. Only with extreme ownership can you have complete freedom and control.

Let your work speak for itself.

"Well done is well said."  -- 

Cal Newport's recent book Deep Work distinguishes "deep" work from "shallow" work. Here's the difference:
Deep work is:
  • Rare
  • High value
  • Nonreplicable (i.e., not easy to copy or outsource)
Shallow work is:
  • Common
  • Low value
  • Replicable (i.e., anyone can do it)
Talking is shallow.
 Anyone can do it.
It's easily replicated.
 It's low value.

 Conversely, deep work is rare. It's done by people who are focused and working while everyone else is talking. Deep work is so good it can't be ignored.

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