A Lesson from Apple Computers: The Power of Anticipation
This week's World Wide Developer's Conference is an Apple enthusiast's dream. As a recent convert, I've been swept into the fold and am curious about what Apple will announce this week. Rumors of a Nano-sized Mac computer, a 3-G iPhone or even an update to Mac OS are swirling about. Lots of eyes will be on Apple this week. As a company, they obviously have figured out how to get folks excited about "the next thing".
Which makes me wonder- how do you build anticipation among those you work with? Here are some simple and effective ways to cultivate professional curiosity in your area of work:
- Promise results...and deliver. Stick to a plan and deliver the goods. A deadline. A report. A presentation, whatever.
- Be a person of your word. If you lay out a gameplan, stay with it even when times get tough.
- Be a person who is passionate about follow up. Write notes. Make calls. Pay attention to details.
- Cross your t's. Little things matter a great deal. During your weekly review, double check the details.
- Organize weekly. Don't just show up on Monday, bring your A-game as a result of planning for the week.
- Conceive powerful ideas. Go public with your notions of change.
- Listen to those who've been there before. There are folks in your workplace and in your industry who know things- tap into their insights.