Tactical Work vs. Strategic Work
Productivity comes from focusing on what matters most. For busy people, it's not difficult to get bogged down in tactical work and to forget that strategic work is equally important and more effective.
What's the difference between tactical work and strategic work? Here are a few examples:
Urgent day-to-day demands Urgent longer-term needs
Producing products Serving audiences
Employing and managing people Developing people
Technical expertise, paperwork Solutions, relationship management
One-off, short-term answers Long-term process improvements
Bailing water out of the boat daily Plugging the holes in the boat
Cost take-outs Enhanced productivity
Read Strategic Thinking and the Maze and Time and Commitment Are Not Synonyms for more discussion and examples of tactical vs. strategic work. Adopt the 5 Ds approach to make working strategically not just reality, but an everyday habit.