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
Employing and managing people
Technical expertise, paperwork
One-off, short-term answers
Bailing water out of the boat daily
Urgent longer-term needs
Solutions, relationship management
Long-term process improvements
Plugging the holes in the boat
Read the Suit Yourself Essays entitled Strategic Thinking and the Maze andTime 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.