I don’t know who first coined this phrase, but I do know this: After watching the final Season of the acclaimed TV action/thriller “24”, I am convinced that even when you have the best intentions in mind, they may end up being some of your worst mistakes.
In the workplace, you might be a key decision-maker, in management, or serve in a supervisory capacity. The burden of being the one who has to lead in saving the day, making it happen, pushing to get an expected outcome rests on you. Sometimes, the easy road may involve a little compromise here and a little compromise there. After all, isn’t it about the “bottom line”?
There are a couple of ways we can look at the above quote. Sometimes, we allow the end to justify the means. Or let me put it this way, we compromise “scruples” aka “integrity” in order to get results. In the course of it all, we fail to see the domino effect that will consequently follow. Some of those effects are: cover up, scandal, lies, manipulating paper work, deception, plotting and scheming. All of this may invariably take place when you are trying to produce good results by way of compromise.
Another way to look at this quote is, as a matter of procrastination; putting off tomorrow what you can do today. At work, you know what is required of you as a key decision-maker. Instead of staying on top of it, you create a space of time in your mind that you will actually get the job done. The problem is - you are the only one who knows this time frame. The “I’m gonna” may inevitably turn into “I should’ve”, “I meant to”, or “I could’ve”. I am sure that the idea to start with was to get the job done. You’re intentions were right on, but it didn’t produce the expected results. So now, there are not-so-good consequences that follow.
Here are a couple of suggestions that we can each use to keep us scrupulous! In fact, let’s get a clear understanding of what that word really means. I will use dictionary.com’s definition of the word, 1. Diligent, thorough, and extremely attentive to details. 2. Very concerned to avoid doing wrong.
1. Re-evaluate your value system. Put in place the essentials of honesty, trust, integrity, and reliability
2. Covenant with yourself and with your organization that you will adhere to this code of ethic and conduct irrespective of any given situation. Simply put, accountability.
3. Manage your time wisely. Pre-plan how you will utilize the hours in the day. Before I went to bed last night, I wrote a to-do list. We have all of these electronic devices that keep us on task. Please take advantage of them.
4. Follow through! Don’t rely on anyone else to check up on your projects. Your role is to see that the job gets done thoroughly and timely.
5. Don’t wane on details. Cross your T’s and dot your I’s.
6. Refuse to make excuses. Refuse to allow conditions to creep up that will back you into a corner that forces you to make excuses.
7. The sense of accomplishment that you can experience is at your fingertips. Although we cannot always plan for incidentals, we can always be prepared to handle them should they arise.
Good luck today! And by all means…Make this your BEST day ever!