Plan ahead...


People get involved in things, sometimes before it’s clear what to do. Whether it’s strategic planning, problem solving, or answering questions, that tendency needs to be tempered by clear objectives and careful thought. How many times have you seen someone go off only partly ready or poorly prepared: sure, it’s fun to run and gun, but that’s mostly for sport.  When it comes to getting things done at work, steady is usually better than fast, and effective is better than efficient. Don’t be afraid to ask and wait for clear instructions, communicate and coordinate with others, and act according to a well-defined plan. Doing something often feels good, but doing nothing can sometimes be the most effective form of action.  Give yourself a moment to think, talk and listen to others, and then decide if and how you should act (either alone or collaboratively).  Take a deep breath and decide what you’re going to get involved in today.

Kevin Kwan (b. 1973): American novelist (“Crazy Rich Asians”), named as one of the "Five Writers to Watch" and made Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people