A rant. You’re warned.
DO it now.
DO it right or don’t do it all.
Don’t just sit there, DO something.
Got things to Do.
DO or die.
Do it because it won’t get done by itself now, will it? Or so the story goes. (Which story is that, by the way?)
There is a lot DO in our world. After all, it’s only by DOING that get things done: the dishes, the laundry, the shopping, shoveling the driveway, vacuuming, the cooking, the dusting, the income tax.
Let’s not forget about work: do the brochure, the white paper, the report to the government, the annual report, the article, and do it for tomorrow, even if it is the 17th thing I have given you to do today, on top of the 18 things yesterday and the things that are in the plan to that must get done. ANd then, get the project DONE and here are the templates to do it. DO the budget, and use these the templates to the THAT. Do the performance review — with templates, and do the presentation — with the visual identity template, do the marketing campaign, do the tech, outreach, PR, and every other strategy — and just follow follow the template. Do the business case and follow the template to the letter because one undotted *i* can mean the business case won’t get approved.
Then Do the hiring, and oh, you get to do that other thing…what’s it called now? Do resource planning for the next two years because YOU are the lowest level closest-to-the-ground level in the organization, doing the talking to the customer, clients, that can see into the future and your boss will do what a boss does: approve or not your doing of the numbers and scenarios, because your boss is also so busy doing meetings and more meetings about doing things, that the doing of management is more about delegating, albeit badly, because managers can’t even manage anymore. And in spite of following the templates, the cult of PMI project planning templates, any and all templates are short cuts to thinking, that are helpful as prompts but used as biblical creeds, so the outcome is never as articulated in the template.
As for clients, what do they do? Not a helluva lot: an impediment to the smooth running of business as the old saying goes. So do the client relations thing. Or the patient relations thing. Or alumni relations. Or member relations. Or donor relations. Or the other term: Client Management — because heaven knows everything has to be managed and tightly controlled, including the (wait for it….!) customer experience.
But back to you. If you need to do it right, well, stop that now. We know you can do it because you have done it before, it says so on the resume you emailed in and we know that if you’ve done it before you can do it again. You can do the thing that you do. You can do it roughly right so that we can prove we are doing things, that we are in the game, that we are out there, putting in face time.
And now you can do ALL this at the speed of business which if anyone stopped to think about is about the same speed as the insidious fears that chase people who never stop.
You get to do it with no time to think about it because thinking takes time, and what we do not have is time, and certainly not time to think. Thinking is not productive, not part of core business.
In fact, it is by not thinking that decisions are often arrived at: outsourcing for example: moves the budget line from one cost centre to the other, removes overhead costs, eliminates having to manage problem employees (there is always a solution), and creates ever-widening circles of dependency, which when added to those other doers, shareholders, is a lethal business combination. Speaking of dependency: nothing like a business that raises capital through the release of stocks and shares and oh my, aren’t shareholders then a wonderful way to effectively impede the doing of your business, because doesn’t everything becomes about doing everything for the new god, (same as the old god) shareholder value? And so other doers go and get all invisible cloaked and go private for a while.
And when that’s all done, go home and do dinner.
Do, Doing, Done.
Then, think again. Put it all in a circle. Then think it, and when you think it through, then you can thunk it done.
*end of rant*