“Where we drop the ball is follow-up.” Nathan shook his head from side to side. “We are pretty good at setting goals, but as soon as we’re done with that, life goes on and we forget all the hard work and time we spent planning.”
“What habits do you need to create,” I asked.
“What do you mean?” Nathan looked puzzled.
“Follow-up is not just a ball that gets dropped. As a management skill, it is a way of life. I always look for habits. What are you not doing as a routine that stops you from following up?”
It was like a smack in the forehead with a beer can. “I see where you are going with this,” Nathan said, still shaking his head. “We usually have a short huddle meeting every Friday to follow-up on the promises we made to ourselves. Ever since the holidays crept up, we just stopped having the meetings.”
“What’s on your schedule this Friday?” I quizzed.
Nathan was quick to respond, “I think we should have our regular Friday huddle meeting.”
Sometimes effectiveness has nothing to do with being brilliant, but only in continuing to do the things that work.