Don’t overlook the details

by Jack Warren, host of the Top Coach podcast

Behind almost every successful organization, there’s typically one person with a vision. It is that vision that sets them apart from the crowd and allows the organization to move forward with an eye to a year, three years, and five years down the road. Many times, that person has an eye for details, but that is not always the case. That’s where surrounding yourself with good people comes in.

Whether it is the leader of the organization or one of the staff, details are an incredibly important facet of the success of your efforts. As insignificant — and obvious — as that food stuck on your tooth, details can trip you up or distract you. They can also be part of those little building blocks upon which great organizations are built.

Part of my every day routine is to put things on a list. Every idea, no matter how seemingly insignificant, gets noted in my Google Keep. Also part of the daily routine is reviewing that list. Things get promoted, assigned, deleted, or pended. Part of that process is to assign them to some kind of working list.

As I mentioned, every idea is placed on the list. If I’m in the middle of a three mile run and think of something, I stop and add it to my list. I have actually waited — then remembered that I had an idea, but couldn’t remember what it was!

And let me expand just a bit on the “seemingly insignificant” part. In addition to the great idea you got about pre-game prep or a locker room upgrade, you’ll also see things throughout the day that seem utterly mundane. Write them down. You may delete it upon further review, but at least consider it. For example, your very own website bio has not been kept up to date. That reflects poorly on your program, even if it’s not your responsibility. Jot down a note to yourself. Review it the next day. Act on it yourself or delegate it to someone.

Get in the habit of recognizing, recording, follow-up, and delegating and you’ll be well on your way to building an efficient organization.

Jack is available to speak to your team or organization or at your next function. He also provides individual and organizational coaching and consulting. You can get more information on these services at Jack’s professional services site,

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