Tuesday, August 13, 2013

This Moment

This is from an article in HBR by Peter Bergman but the point has been made by Commander Sean Heritage and I repeatedly in a number of our blogposts.

"So here's the question I'd like to propose you ask yourself throughout your day: What can I do, right now, that would be the most powerful use of this moment?

What can I say? What action can I take? What question can I ask? What issue can I bring up? What decision can I make that would have the greatest impact?

Asking these questions — and answering them honestly — is the path to choosing new actions that could bring better outcomes. The hard part is following through on the answers and taking the risks to reap the full benefits of each moment. That takes courage. But it's also what brings the payoff."

Peter Bergman


Anonymous said...

Don't need HBR to understand this. Try Rudyard Kipling from 1895:

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Anonymous said...

Amen, to Peter and Mr. Kipling!

That said, this kind of thinking is not tolerated, incentivized or valued in today's Navy and one is likely to encounter stiff resistance with such radical ideas.

HMS Defiant said...

I think an unforgiving system ate my comment. Oh well. It was a humdinger.