MQ4B Booster 23.1 — High Performers set up their environment for success

Listen to these two tracks of booster content just for ambitious small business leaders.

Track 1: I’d like to share with you the keys to The Self Discipline Challenge that Barbara Oakley describes in her book, Learn Like a Pro: Science-based Tools to Become Better at Anything. 

Track 2: I want you to offer you the 5 Paperclip Technique for building a stronger environment to support you as you pursue new skills or adapt to new tools.

Track 1

Listen to Ep381- Expand your possibiBetter learning is today’s competitive advantage with guest expert Barbara Oakley for even more.

A good way to become more disciplined is to take measures that reduce the need for self-discipline in the first place.

Here are 5 tips to implement this insight for ambitious SME leaders: 

  1. Make tough choices easy.  
  2. Change your habits.
  3. Identify your obstacles in advance.
  4. Remember to recharge.
  5. Involve others on your team.

Track 2

Once set up, the 5 paperclip technique has 3 steps:

  1. Start your day with a pile of 5 paper clips easily within reach on your desk.
  2. Whenever you notice that you’ve slipped away from your goal of using a new tool or spending time on a particular task, reach over and move a paperclip from the supply pile to the used pile and get back on track right away. 
  3. At the end of the day, record how many paperclips you used to get back on track.

Any of us could help get us further along on our journey until a new tool, procedure, or habit becomes automatic. I hope that this technique proves useful for you or someone on your team. 

Any of us could help get us further along on our journey until a new tool, procedure, or habit becomes automatic. I hope that this technique proves useful for you or someone on your team. 

The work you do matters, and people are lucky to have you as a colleague.

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