I believe, follow-through is not a one-time-learn-and-doprocess. It needs certain pre-requisites to be effective and certain behaviors to be demonstrated…as follows:Being Organized is the first of them. The first sub-heading ‘Using Outlook as work tracker’ servers as action-item based inputs to get organizedDemonstrating responsibility towards tasks accepted is the second point; mentioned through the sub-heading ‘Etiquettes for accepting tasks/responsibilities’Third point is to be open to newer ideas if the progress on the task hits a road-block – mentioned through sub-heading ‘Open your mind- Collaborate & Communicate’ And the last sub-heading of ‘Brand yourself with your work’ personalizes the follow-through process with action-items that can be followed to brand oneself which essentially is the next level in follow-through.
Presentation on "Follow Through" By Ramgopal Marepally
“Follow Through”<br />Ram Marepally<br />
What’s Follow through?<br />Merriam-Webster defines it as : “to press on in an activity or process especially to a conclusion”<br />Oxford English Dictionary defines it as : “the continuing of an action or task to its conclusion”<br />
Follow Through – Requirements<br />Be organized - Using Outlook as work tracker<br />Etiquettes for accepting tasks/responsibilities<br />Open your mind - Collaborate & Communicate<br />Next Level : Brand yourself with your work<br />
Be Organized<br />Using Outlook as work tracker<br />Organize your emails and tasks using Outlook by setting reminders for tasks/mails<br />Complete the task at the planned time without snoozing it for a later time<br />You would never find more time later to complete the task than the current time in hand<br />One who snoozes, loses!<br />Regularly review flagged items in Outlook and take action to clear the flags<br />Suggested Reading : Getting Things Done by David Allen<br />
Etiquettes for accepting tasks/responsibilities<br />Understand and prioritize your tasks based on urgency and importance, do not let important tasks become urgent<br />Accepting to lead a lot of tasks/responsibilities can sound good, but it is executing that earns the credibility<br />Do not accept more than what you can deliver<br />Assess the amount of effort required for a new task/responsibility and review the amount of available time you have based on your existing assignments<br />Provide unambiguous time-line for the completion of a task with clear delivery date<br />Any follow-up by the stake-holders automatically confirms the failure of your follow-through skills<br />
Open your mind - Collaborate & Communicate<br />Clearly communicate the status of your tasks to the stake-holders on a regular basis<br />If you seem to hit a road-block on a task<br />Discuss with your colleagues and peers for inputs/suggestions<br />Research on the net for more inputs/suggestions<br />Reach out to the stake-holders for gaining more clarity and for more inputs<br />If the tasks taken up were underestimated, reach out to the stake-holders as soon as this is realized<br />Let them know the issue and seek out additional time<br />This is better than waiting till the delivery date to give a new-timeline-surprise to the stake-holders<br />