Hello, and welcome to the Leadership Done Right Podcast, Episode 46: How To Get Things Done! Follow-up and Follow-through.
Before we get into this episode, I want to give you a quick sneak peak of what’s in store. In this episode, I am going to share with you my tips, tricks, and other secrets to get things done through effective and timely follow-through and follow-up. These skills have helped me stay on top of my day-to-day activities, get promotions, AND complete large multimillion dollar projects. Be sure to stay tuned!
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One of my favorite hobbies is mountain biking. It is challenging, fun, and really good exercise. When I mountain bike, there are many types of trails. Some are technical with lots of obstacles, rocks, and other things I need to go over or around while others are wide open and flow. There is also a wide variety of trails in between.
Regardless of the trail type, there’s one thing in common for most trails. When I ride a trail, I must pick the line I will ride and stick to it. When I do that, I am able to avoid ruts, trenches, boulders, fallen trees, cliffs and a wide variety of other obstacles. As I follow through on my chosen line, I am able to avoid danger.
I have ridden some trails that were difficult and even scary. When riding those paths, there’s a tendency to want to change my line and take a different line. Most of the time, that is a bad idea and leads to other problems. I have gotten stuck in a path, flipped over my handle bars and gotten in other small wrecks. So why does that happen in the first place? Because I am not following through with the plan and sticking to my line.
- What is follow-through?
- Why should you follow-through?
Tips for Effective Follow-through
- Give yourself deadlines
- Plan your time for quick easy wins and block out time for the hard long term tasks
- Don’t over commit
- Celebrate your wins
Now we are going to take a quick break for our sponsors, but when we come back, we are going to talk about how to make effective follow-up.
Why should you follow up? And what does effective follow-up look like?
Tips for follow-up
- At the initial request, let people know when you will follow up with them.
- Be very polite, kind, and humble.
- Be persistent, but not annoying.
- People are busy and forget… if you don’t follow-up they won’t do it.
- The level of follow-up dictates the level of importance
Tips for both follow-through and follow-up
- Outlook tasks, to-do’s, calendar
- Be forgiving of yourself and others
- Keep trying!
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