Of all the mantras I use to build high performance cultures and to coach my engineering teams, this is one of the first things they have to learn.
This is the second of forty mantras that I have developed and used over the last two decades in managing high performing teams.
My third mantra is one you’ve likely heard, even if you don’t work for me. I use it everywhere – even at home. My kids know what #donedone means. So should you.
My fourth mantra is debatable. I know that. But the essence of it has proven true over so many years that I have come to rely on it like all the other #40mantras.
Everyone gets comfortable with how they do things. We develop routines so we don’t have to think. And the 5th mantra helps us embrace a certain kind of destruction.
My 6th mantra has nothing to do with getting paid. It has everything to do with how we make choices and decisions. Particularly how we don’t make choices.
The seventh of #40mantras isn’t just focused on brainstorming. It comes into play across the entire organization, almost daily. Because it changes how you hear.
For number 8 of my #40mantras I move into what are called habits of mind. These are techniques that can be learned, and double checking your work is the first of them.
My ninth mantra may be the one most of my staff hear, even years after they’ve started working for me. Of the #40mantras, it may be one of my favorite five.
We’ve made it to the 10th of my #40mantras. If you’re just getting here, these are the forty short statements I use, over and over, to build high performing teams.