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Eleven Greatest Ideas for Managership Skills

Idea 25: Defining the task

Keep the general goals in sight while tackling daily tasks.

Chinese proverb

A task is something that needs to be done. People in organizations and teams need to have the task distilled into an objective that is:

  • clear
  • concrete
  • time limited
  • realistic
  • challenging
  • capable of evaluation

images This is not my task, it is our task – we share it because it has a value for the organization and for ourselves.

There are five tests to apply to defining a task:

  • 1   Do you have a clear idea of the objectives of your group now and for the next few years/months, and have these been agreed ...

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