Miller’s Monday Morning Message

Andrew MillerMiller’s Monday Morning Message
presented by ACM Consulting Inc.

Andrew Miller on operational excellence, strategy, life balance and everything in between

Toronto – April 21, 2014
During the Jewish holiday of Passover, it is customary for many Jews to stop eating bread products during the eight-day holiday to remember the suffering of our ancestors as they left Egypt. What’s interesting is how each family decides what they will eat and what they won’t eat. Is rice permitted? What about matzo bagels? Or corn? It’s not about what you eat or don’t eat, it’s about deciding as a family and having the discipline to follow that diet for eight days.
Performance excellence for an organization is no different. Excellence means something different to each organization. The important step is defining that excellence for your organization, determining the right steps to follow in order to achieve it, and then having the discipline to follow those steps. I often help the companies I work with to improve their ability to execute on strategy, which starts with determining the future vision (defining what excellence means to you), creating the road map to get there, and having the discipline to follow that road map.
What’s causing your organization to pass over the discipline required to achieve excellence?
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The hardest thing about maintaining discipline is when life throws you a curve.

It could be discipline about going to the gym, reading the newspaper, calling prospects, or even writing a blog.

Discipline is easy to have when there are no distractions, so how do you maintain that discipline when you have too many distractions?

You prioritize, plain and simple. If you have too many priorities, then nothing is a priority. Pick three things and act on them. That will be more productive than trying to move 10 things forward at once.

Step back, identify three priorities and be disciplined about moving forward on them. By doing this you remove the other distractions because you have not identified the priorities (not had them identified for you).

See? Wasn’t that easy?