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Doing a Great Work By Terrie Ard

“I am doing a great work, and I cannot come down” Inspired leaders rise above the minutiae to create long-term value

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hink about what you did yesterday. For many of us, the average workday involves tasks that can leave us feeling unmotivated and uninspired. We attend meetings. We read e-mails. We return calls. But what if you could focus on meaningful actions that build passion and produce long-term rewards? On my best days at Moore Communications Group (MCG), you can hear me saying, “I am doing a great work, and I cannot come down.” I originally heard this message from Andy Stanley, a pastor, author and faithbased business consultant. It comes from the Bible and the story of Nehemiah, whom God tasked with rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. The Babylonians had destroyed the temple and torn down the city walls. Knowing that his home was vulnerable to attack, Nehemiah rallied others to join him, and with a singular focus, he set about his work. Other groups were not happy that Nehemiah was fortifying Jerusalem. In fact, a group of men plotted to draw him away from the city and kill him. Nehemiah saw through their scheme, and each time they tried to lure him away, he said, “I am doing a great work, and I cannot come down.” Focusing on what truly matters is the primary role of inspired leadership. We might not be rebuilding city walls like Nehemiah, but we all face distractions that keep us from achieving our best results. Realistically, every day isn’t going to be “a great work day.” We all have responsibilities that, while uninspiring, are necessary, but we can’t allow these tasks to consume our time. So, how do we do great work when the meetings, e-mails and calls keep mounting? Let me introduce you to Compound Time. In a world where everyone is cramming as much as they can into busy schedules,

change agents are doing the opposite. They’re slowing down, learning more and focusing on what matters. You can do this too. Through his research, Michael Simmons, an author, speaker and entrepreneur, found that most successful leaders spend at least ten hours a week on Compound Time. Despite having more responsibility, they find time to invest in activities that result in knowledge, creativity and energy.

HERE ARE THE SIX ACTIVITIES OF COMPOUND TIME:

Write to Learn

Keep a journal. Journaling brings order and meaning to our experiences and becomes a tool for discovery. Writing augments our ability to think and fosters self-awareness. Workplace by Facebook has become an online journal for our team. MCG uses Workplace to share ideas, celebrate achievements and pass along interesting articles and information. Through the interactions and documentation, we can reflect on what we’ve accomplished and consider how to incorporate innovative approaches for our clients. No matter what tool you choose, journaling promotes clarity and focus. You can write anywhere, anytime. Even a few minutes each day will have an impact.

40  tallahassee woman • februar y / march 2018

TWM February/March 2018  

The February-March 2018 issue of Tallahassee Woman features cover woman, Erica Goff, who shares her life journey. One of our main themes thi...

TWM February/March 2018  

The February-March 2018 issue of Tallahassee Woman features cover woman, Erica Goff, who shares her life journey. One of our main themes thi...

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