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It’s Not Volume, It’s Value

It’s Not Volume, It’s Value

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Are you doing too many things for the sake of more, without enough space for the sake of value?  Are you producing more stuff, but not necessarily producing more value or making more impact?

Less is often more, and less often works better in a lot of cases.  This is especially true when less means:

  • Less things to distract from the true value.
  • Less things that get in the way of what you care about or need.
  • Less features that nobody wants to begin with.
  • Less wasted effort.
  • Less overhead of doing things that nobody cares about.
  • Less distractions that get in the way of the focus.
  • Less forking your focus so you can give your best where you have your best to give.
  • Less diluting your effort so you can amplify your impact where it counts.

When you have less of the stuff that doesn’t matter, you make more room for the stuff that does.

Bigger doesn’t make it better.  More volume doesn’t make it more valuable.   Small things come in good packages, and sometimes it’s the little things that mean a lot.

One good thing trumps the many things that are just getting in the good thing’s way … perhaps even blocking a great thing.

Before you mass produces something or do more of anything, you need to check if it’s even worth it.

But when you do get it right, streamline and scale the heck out of it … that’s the beauty and the power of systems and platforms.  And it’s the true power of any effective productivity system.  This is true whether you are scaling you, others, or the value you flow.

This is what the masters of productivity know that others don’t … it’s not volume, it’s value.  And value is the short-cut.  When you apply the 80/20 rule to the most meaningful value, you amplify your impact and you get exponential results.  It’s better, faster, cheaper in action.

This is one of the core tenets in Agile Results, and expressed in the book, Getting Results the Agile Way.