These wise words came from the great strategist Michael E Porter.
Look at it this way:
- Can you spend even more hours in the office?
- Are you only operating at 70% brainpower, with some spare neurons you can call on?
- Have you got loads more energy available to give to work issues?
I’m guessing that for most people the answers are ‘no, no – though I accept there might be a few neurons tucked away on the creative side, no again’.
So this suggests to me that, to have the time and energy to start a new initiative, you’ll need to stop doing something else.
Easier to say than do perhaps. But surely a conversation with the boss is worthwhile along the lines of ‘In order for me to get buy-in to this initiative and see it through properly to completion, I’m going to need time and resources. Which of these other projects on my list can I put on hold?’
Start using the Start/Stop rule! It’s better to do a few things well than juggling lots of half thought-out projects!
For more on strategy from Michael Porter in HBR see http://www.ipocongress.ru/download/guide/article/what_is_strategy.pdf