As an entrepreneur biased towards doing things, one of the questions I have to keep asking myself is whether or not it’s a battle worth fighting. Every time I see an issue or opportunity to improve something (and I see a ton!), my immediate reaction is to fix it or make it better. Only, I don’t have the time to do most things myself, so I delegate (which I enjoy), but I don’t want to distract from other team members’ priorities and focus.
Here are a few ideas to considering when picking battles:
- Evaluate the item against Covey’s Four Quadrants
- Consider how it helps, if at all, against the Simplified One Page Strategic Plan
- Implement the Getting Things Done methodology and act on the idea accordingly
- Figure out the balance between doing and delegating with a bias towards delegating
Most startups die of indigestion and not starvation. Entrepreneurs would do well to pick the right battles in a thoughtful manner.
What else? What are some more thoughts on picking the right battles as an entrepreneur?