It started a year or so ago when I re-read the chapter in Steven Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, where he encourages you to “begin with the end in mind.”
At one level, that means begin meetings you go to, or projects you’re working on, by thinking about what the end result should be…spend a little time envisioning what you want to accomplish when it is all over. And then to keep that “end” in mind throughout the meeting or project.
To the degree I remember to apply that principle to meetings and projects, it sure saves a lot of time and energy, not to mention needless squabbling.
Keeping our attention focused on “what matters most” keeps us from getting drawn too far into “the thick of things.”
As Covey says, too often we spend time and energy climbing the ladder we’re on, only to find it’s leaning against the wrong wall.
But Covey’s real point is to begin with THE end in mind -- our end!
And to take a few minut…