Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.
—Jim Rohn, author and motivator
Most managers, especially those who struggle with “making a plan,” place the plan’s numbers down around sixth on their daily priority list. Most struggling managers place these things above the “plan” in their priority hierarchy:
1. Not upsetting other people’s feelings.
2. The commitment to looking extremely busy.
3. Firefighting and problem-solving.
4. Explaining and justifying other people’s performances, both up and down the ladder.
5. Being liked.
We saw a brilliant business consultant come into a struggling, financially failing company and turn everything around. He did it by altering priorities. The first thing he ...