In summer 2016, Honey Panda received a book entitled The First 90 Days Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter by Michael D. Watkins. Since he was too busy to read the book, I am sharing the lessons (takeaways) from the book that are applicable to our current and near future spatiotemporal conditions.
- It’s better to underpromise and overdeliver (page 94)
- Establish solid boundaries. “If you fail to establish solid boundaries defining what you are willing and not willing to do, the people around you — bosses, peers, and direct reports — will take whatever you have to give. The more you give, the less they will respect you and the more they will ask of you.” (page 225)
- Be connected, don’t end up isolated. “To be effective, you must be connected to the people who make action happen and to the subterranean flow of information.” (page 226)
- Be disciplined. Knowing what we should be doing != doing it (page 229). To judiciously defer commitment, say “Sounds interesting. Let me think about it and get back to you.” Never say yes on the spot. If you’re being pressed, say, “Well, if you need an answer now, I’ll have to answer no. But if you can wait, I will give it more thought.” (page 230)
- Know when to quit. “Work hard at recognizing when you’re at the point of diminishing returns, and take a break of whatever sort refreshes you.” (page 231).
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