1 + 1 = 3 at work

I just had a work review session with my team, and got some learning out of it. Was hoping to share them with u guys. Hopefully, it will benefit you in some ways or another. This learning is not a new concept. But often a simple concept which everyone ignores or took it for granted. Which is where things go wrong. It can go so wrong, like a quick sand, and u have much difficulty getting out it.

At work, 1 + 1 = 3 can mean one is very productive.

At work, 1 + 1 = 3 can also mean one is not effective, becoz you need to do alot more to get things right.

Greater efficiency does not lead to greater effectiveness. Do the right things (effectiveness) is more important before you worry about doing things right (efficiency). If not, you be running around very fast and quickly without getting anywhere.

Let me share with u a story to illustrate my point. i was suppose to work with a team to produce an article, and have this article circulated to various stakeholders. After working on it, realize someone has already worked on a similar article, and has already been circulated to the various stakeholders.  The outcome was we ended up doing a lot more work, that was not been used. There’s work duplication. The work we have put together is not being appreciated. Worst, it seems like you are slow, and don’t know what is going on.

Sound familiar. I hope not. But to avoid such unpleasant incidents, whenever you want to do something, it could be anything:

a)      Find out what REALLY it is for (dig in deeper, watch out for ice bergs) – to define your REAL CORE objectives

b)      Find out what needs to be done to achieve your objectives, before you embark on your mission.

c)      Plan well. Execute fast. But do not use this as an excuse to procrastinate your mission.