Secrets to success at Spinifex

Do what you say you are going to do.

There that is it. Not hard. Not that secret. But enormously powerful.  If you don’t do it you will lose all credibility. Without credibility and rapport the whole foundations of Spinifex are compromised.  We are only as good as our last gig and only as good as our word.

Empty promises suck wind

If you don’t mean it with heart and precision, then just don’t say it. You don’t want to be labelled a ‘gunna’ you want to be labelled a doer. Our clients, your work colleagues and other people in your life want someone they can rely on.  You can’t rely on a gunna.. because they are always gunna do something but they never seem to actually get there.

Of course you can’t always do what you said you would. Minds change and some prerogatives need their exercise. Batteries die, tragedies happen, the best intentions can get rained out. When you can’t or choose not to honour your word, then say so. Tell the truth, tell it fast, deliver it with sincerity and care.

It’s all about managing expectations.  Do you have a timeline? When did you say you would deliver it? Have you done it?  All you have to do is do what you say you’re going to do consistently and you’ll set yourself apart from the majority of your competition.

It’s not hard but it is life changing.





Doing it rather than just talking about it

It’s easy to convince yourself you’re busy. We can all fill our days up by checking email, checking facebook, IMing. The reality is, right now when we aren’t that busy because the work is not there, it seems to take longer to actually finish a job than if we are busy. Here are five tips to actually doing your work smarter so that you can reap the rewards.

1. Have a daily plan

Write it down. Ten action items on the list and tick it off every day.  What doesn’t get done on Day 1 should be at the top of the list on Day 2. If it gets to Day 3 and you still haven’t done it one can only assume you haven’t been there.

2. Cultivate a sense of urgency

Get things done. A fast, agile, adaptable organization makes the important things happen now. Urgency is allergic to bureaucracy. Reward fast action.  You become what you focus on and become like the people you spend time with.
3. Maximise efficiency

When you start on a task,  block everything out. Switch off the phone, log off Facebook, turn off the msn, make sure that every distraction is out of the way. Enforce disciplined execution.

4. Establish a daily routine

Start and end each day in the same way. Make sure you have your priorities, do your admin. It’s no good having done the job if no-one knows about it.

5. Write down your ideas

Do not trust your memory however good it may be!

We are a performance-oriented culture. We thrive on quality in every operation. We encourage continuous innovation. We cannot abide mediocrity.  As Nike says.. don’t talk about JUST DO IT!

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