100 Ways to Succeed #96:
Make a Public “Insane Effort” Upon Occasion
Consider it to be an “Extreme Weapon” in your Success Arsenal. When an issue is of the utmost importance, and at a standstill or in freefall, proactively look for an opportunity to “make a statement” through a gesture that indicates great pain and engagement and urgency on your part. Often, this comes in the form of “5,000 miles for a 5-minute audience” with a key participant. (Is this Machiavellian? Sure, to some extent—but the fact is that you must actually care to do this. The “insane gesture” simply acts as proof that you’ll go to any length to make progress.)
100 Ways to Succeed #97:
Reward “DNK” When You DNK
Of course you don’t want to reward “I didn’t bother to ...” laziness, but you do want to reward— Big Time—truth-telling. Hence, cheer publicly the person who admits, in front of a boss, that he or she “does not know” the facts here, or the answer to this or that. In fact, per the above, make a game (serious game!) out of identifying the “DNKs” regarding any analysis or proposed action. Frankly, good inventories of DNKs may be far more important to success than inventories of DKs.
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