There is a value in focusing fully on the present, to ensure that the work you do is getting the very best attention.
After all, if you take your eye off the ball, it’s so easy for things to slip.
Soon, if you aren’t careful, you are struggling to do even the basics well.
The best managers tend to leave day to day delivery of the goods to their people, empowered to make the right decisions and having the confidence to do just that.
Good managers set the criteria for success and let their people just get on with it.
In these cases, those who really know what they are doing spend time examining where the successes are and understand why they are doing well.
By striving for excellence in all their areas of accountability, they take stock of where they need to pay more attention to achieve outcomes that are exceptional.
Seeking actions that truly will be a ‘future perfect’, step by step, may mean there are some tough decisions to be made.
And being focused on the future as well as the present, means that changes, where needed, can be made.
Actions in the short-term, will reap the benefits in the months and years to come.