5 Ways to Hack Your Way to High Impact Leadership

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High impact leaders are great weed-hackers.

And because they’re so ruthlessly effective with their weed-hacking they have far greater impact than their non-hacking counterparts.

What sets them apart?

For one thing, weed-hacking leaders understand and embrace the 80-20 rule (Pareto Principle); they know that 80% of their leadership results come from 20% of the work on their plate.

If they were to list 10 items on their “to do” list in order of importance, from 1 to 10, they know that the first two items on their list will result in 80% of the results they’re trying to achieve.

And they’ll do whatever it takes to focus their energies on those top priorities.

The rest of the list? Those are the weeds. They’re made up of emails, phone calls, administrative tasks, and other non-essentials. Necessary, but not able to deliver the results of their top ranked tasks.

And so they hack. So obsessed are they with focusing on their top priorities they’ll savagely push through lower priority tasks in order to get to the high-impact stuff.

And the result is disproportionately greater impact than otherwise possible.

How can you achieve these kinds of high-impact results?

It begins by using these five weed-hacking tools:

1.  Being clear on your goals

Know exactly what you’re trying to achieve, and why it matters.

2.  Being certain about your priorities

There can be no fuzziness when it comes to recognizing which activities will drive your results.

3.  Being on top of your personal organization

Weed-hackers stay on top of their work. They drive the job, the job doesn’t drive them.

4.  Being purposeful with your delegation

Weed-hackers keep only the tasks that they alone can and must do.

5.  Being disciplined with your time

Distractions can attempt to command your time and attention. High impact leaders are unfazed, keeping their best time focused on their most important tasks.

Every leader can keep themselves busy.

But if you want to produce high impact results the key is to keep busy with what matters the most.

And to do that requires being unflinchingly focused on your top priorities.

Just grab your machete.

And start hacking.

How do you keep focused on your top leadership priorities?




the author

Scott Cochrane

Lifelong learner, practitioner and coach of leadership, across more than 50 countries. Follower of Jesus, husband of Nora, grateful parent and grandparent.

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