Start less, finish more

The challenge for many ‘leaders’ is the fact that they are naturally entrepreneurial and as a result like to get stuff started and turn their ideas, lots of them, into action.

On average it takes 66 days for something to form a habit and approximately one false start, to mean that a human being says to themselves “it was easier the way things were”. 

There are only so many hours in the day and if you don’t follow up on each initiative you’ve started, recognising ‘compliance’ and success and providing feedback where opportunities exist to improve, you’ll see a lot of false dawns and in turn a lack of the very success you seek.

So as it says in the title you need to start less; finish more. Remember you only get the prize when you cross the line; not for the number of races you’ve entered.

Of course…

Starting less and finishing more requires three things:

  • Prioritisation 
  • Sticking to the plan 
  • Holding onto your nerve 

All three are littered with torment for the ideas generator. But if you’re eye is on the prize, you are committed to the cause and you have people around you reminding you of the prize, you just might make it.

It isn’t all about holding back…

Keep on generating ideas but ask others to review them; building a committee of idea evaluators you trust. Once agreed, schedule phased roll outs and ensure you’ve agreed who will see each initiative through to fruition and BAU.

No matter what you do, don’t start more than you can follow up on; what gets monitored gets done as one of my old mentors used to say.

Questions to consider:

  1. What really is wrong with what you’ve started already?
  2. What makes you think your new idea will work any better?
  3. What would those you trust say, the ones who’ll give you an honest answer, not the thing they think you’ll want to hear? 

If any of the above applies to you or someone you know…

If any of the above applies to you or someone you know; get in touch. I’ve a track record of helping leaders bring initiatives to fruition and seeing the results they desire.

Whether you’d like me to listen to you, collaborate with you, advise you or a combination of all of the above. If you’re open and committed to excellence I’ll happily work with you.

Contact me here…

  • Twitter: @stefanpowell
  • E-mail: 
  • Phone +44 (0) 7736942382

Who am I? Stefan Powell…

I am yourleadershipcounsel, a father, husband, part time rock star and passionately bonkers about helping leaders get the most from themselves and their people.

What my clients have said…

“Stefan is a very skilled and talented coach who is able to use a broad range of techniques to get to the heart of any issue. He has a very reassuring, confident and diplomatic manner that instantly builds trust and respect whilst still remaining impartial. Having worked with him recently I felt fully engaged and energised throughout ,and he helped me to rationalise some complex business issues using multiple perspectives. A powerful and inspirational motivator- don’t hesitate to work with him!” 
Rav Bagri – Business Development Director – Santander UK – Corporate & Commercial


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