John Greenway, Leaders’ Map
Are you a thinker or a doer? We are usually all a blend of the two, but most will have a tendency towards one more than the other.
François de La Rochefoucauld said, “Thinkers think and doers do. But until the thinkers do and the doers think, progress will be just another word in the already overburdened vocabulary by sense.”
I think his point is that to make progress, thought and action need to be connected!
We shouldn’t try to change our personalities, but we can change our behaviours to be more effective. Although it’s not so easy, the good news is that it is not impossible to make considerable progress….albeit I have yet to see perfection!
The question here is, not how we will change human nature, but how can I become more effective in navigating towards my aspirations and goals?
At Leaders’ Map we focus on five principles that can help both doers and thinkers:
- See the Big Picture: Keep your eye on the horizon and the changing weather conditions. Be alert to opportunities and risks that are visible and others that are currently off the radar. Allocate time some time to take a step back – even a couple of minutes at the start of the day is a good way to begin.
- Choose the Right Direction: Name your destination. Select your route. Set your goals. Write them down. Keep them visible and front of your mind. Why not have them as your screen saver?
- Do the Right Things: Spend your energy and time on the really valuable stuff first. Delete or relegate the stuff that diverts you. Practice focusing on the main event of the day – it is your “penalty shoot out”
- Check your Progress: Well, how are you doing? Get some objective feedback. Celebrate the progress, learn from the wrong-turnings, reset the next phase of your journey.
- Be Inspired: Appreciate things. Thank people. Learn from the wisdom of others. Enjoy the journey.
We designed and built the functions of the Leaders’ Map app around these very principles. The app will help you join up the dots between thought and action and follow through on each of these principles, rather than just one or two. Thus the prospects for the doer to think more and the thinker to do more will dramatically escalate.
To find out more watch our two short videos.