Pause and Reflect
The next time you’re looking down the barrel of another killer project, pause and reflect before diving in. In the middle of the madness, surface for a look around before diving back into that pile of work that awaits you, and cling to what you know works.
A set of operating principles like those above can be a useful reminder of key areas that are important to the success of your team. Follow the principles, or depart from them thoughtfully, no matter how you feel at the moment. Real pros do what makes sense even when they’re extremely busy, distracted or under intense pressure.
And, remember the old adage, “The palest ink is better than the best memory.” If you’re determined to get the best results possible — not just some of the time, but all of the time — consistently using a checklist is an indispensable part of your strategy.