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Bias Toward Action | Coaching Founder

Bias Towards Action

By Regina Gerbeaux (@_rpgbx)

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Introduction: Bias towards action

Over the years, I have trained myself to get things done efficiently and quickly. As a result, people often say, “Wow, how do you get so much done in so little time?!” The truth is, I’m not special. Anyone can learn to do this. The secret is having a bias towards action.

The “bias towards action” method worked for me ...

Below is the framework I use.

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Step 1: Do you need to do it?

First, just because you can get something done, doesn’t mean you should.

And just because someone has asked you to do something, doesn’t mean you should do it.

Before you agree to do something, remember that for every request you say “yes” to, you’re saying “no” to something else. Is that trade-off worth it?

Here are a few more questions you can ask yourself:

If you are a manager: how important is it for you yourself to do it? Instead, can you delegate it to one of your direct reports?

If you are an individual contributor: is the task in harmony with what your manager’s priorities are? Is it in the company’s best interest?*

*For a deeper understanding on what “company’s best interest” means, please read 🔗 **No Rules Rules by Reed Hastings. Here is an 🔗 excellent summary on the book by Matt Mochary.

TL;DR: should you say yes to that thing? Think carefully about the time spent and the payoff for doing it.