50 Ways To Sacrifice Impact

50 Ways To Sacrifice Impact

What keeps you from making a real impact with your work? Here are the 50 most effective ways I see you sacrifice your own impact:

  1. Wait for a decision from someone higher up in the hierarchy
  2. Deepen your analysis about the shortcomings of the system
  3. Add one more strategic priority
  4. Seek consensus with your team
  5. Assign responsibility to a co-lead
  6. Ask for comments on your draft
  7. Lament the absence of innovative ideas
  8. Read an article about innovation on the internet
  9. Look for perfection
  10. Schedule a brainstorming session in the meeting room
  11. Try to find a vision in a participatory process
  12. Defend your mandate
  13. Expect other people to implement your ideas
  14. Re-write your concept note before sending it
  15. Make agreements with unclear deadlines
  16. Form a committee with no decision-making power
  17. Commission an expert appraisal
  18. Hit "reply to all"
  19. Expand the project proposal to include another group of stakeholders
  20. Revise SMART indicators
  21. Point out the weaknesses of the other
  22. Practice righteous indignation
  23. Postpone the decision
  24. Assign tasks to people in absentia
  25. Copy-paste from a previous template
  26. Set a lofty goal
  27. Expect applause
  28. Seek confirmation from like-minded
  29. Hang out with people who don't think it's possible
  30. Respond to a nasty email on the spot
  31. Sacrifice gym time
  32. Do strategic planning in a word document
  33. Take detailed notes
  34. Detail all your objections in a long email
  35. Search intensely for the one, big solution
  36. Make a detailed plan for the next 3 years
  37. Start a sentence with "I think they should...."
  38. Schedule recurring meetings
  39. Attend meetings that have no clear purpose
  40. Deepen grudges during meetings
  41. Check your emails during meetings
  42. Read documents during meetings
  43. Eat during meetings
  44. Reassure yourself that you have never been the creative type
  45. Wait for someone else to go first
  46. Take action only when it is clear
  47. Rethink your suggestion one more time (just to be sure)
  48. Reassure yourself that your job options are limited
  49. Wait for the right moment to start your own initiative
  50. Decide to lead with integrity next time

We are our own best impact. Let's challenge the status quo and start making things. What are your most effective ways to amplify your impact?

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