Start Day With 5-Point ‘To Do’ List

   Dr. Sanjay K. Jha 

Motorola’s Co-CEO Sanjay Jha said he wakes up every morning and makes a list of the five things he needs to accomplish that day.  During the Q&A session after his speech to the Executives’ Club of Chicago last week, Dr. Jha cited the following key leadership elements he employs to achieve his goals. 

  • Clarity of vision. 
  • Be strategically clear. 
  • Have a clear execution plan.
  • Fast decision making. 
  • Do things you enjoy.  Follow your passion. 

Dr. Jha brought agreeing smiles from the crowd when he said “it is more important to make decisions fast rather than dither in place.”  He emphasized the importance of the “to do” list, suggesting that three to five items should be on the list every day.  I’ve found that writing down “to do” items results in greater accomplishment than trying to simply remember them. 

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