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Best Practice: “Git Er Done”

BY IN Dojo On 05-04-2015

If you are a decorated Military Person, a Company CEO, a Project Manager or in any other job that pays you for results, you must “Git Er Done” (Get Her Done). This is a slang term meaning to go ahead and complete a task it shows support, encouragement, or respect. Based on my past experiences, I see there are four key components to achieving your goal with a successful outcome in order to Git Er Done…

Urgency and Drive: First, without a doubt, the best way to ensure something gets done is to have some pressing need or imposed deadline. Many times the deadlines are already set for you by your boss, coworkers, parents or husband / wife, but sometimes you just need to set your own deadlines and commit to them to ensure it gets done. If there is no urgency or driving force, there is a good chance it will be pushed off or never get completed. Procrastination is a natural human response to less urgent matters and everything becomes less urgent at some time. If it is important and there is a benefit to the investment of your time / energy to achieve the result, then you need to make it a high enough priority to set a due date that you will meet as a commitment to others, but more importantly yourself.

Vision of the End-State: Just like when you read a paper map (like we did years ago) or even if you use Google Maps, it still requires a destination – where do you want to go? In order to get done what you want to do, you need to visualize what the finished result should look like. You must see the details of your outcome and strive for the highest quality results. Set the bar high for yourself and your staff or team members, so they too, know what the result should look like and what level of quality is to be expected by you. “The Vision is the End to the Start”.

Methods and Approach: Now that you have a pressing reason or deadline and you know what the end-game will look like to you and your team:

  • Identify and define the best approach to achieve these results. There are many paths to get what you want, some better than others.
  • Use your experience to employ best practices that kept you out of the ditch in the past and produced the desired results – Use previous templates so as not to recreate the effort.
  • Solicit ideas and previous successful methods from your colleagues and team members. I have learned to listen and keep an open mind as many of their suggestions are much better than mine. They may think of viable solutions in ways I would have never considered.
  • Customize your methods to best fit with the organization or client you serve. Identify what is important to your customer (Big “C” External paying customers and Little “c” Internal customers). Be flexible with your delivery approach to meet and/or exceed their needs.

Resources and Staff: Finally, use the required qualified and skilled resources available to you. Chances are, you may not have an A-Team or any team to work with you. If so, allow enough time to “Git Er Done” with the quality and value you will be proud to call your own. If you are lucky enough to have a team, remember to define the team’s “Goals, Roles and Relationships” – See previous blog for the details.

Try this technique out on something important you already have to do. Write it down as a contract from you to you and don’t disappoint yourself. After a few times, it becomes a natural way of thinking and you will surprise yourself on how often and how much you get done!!


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