Steps to Management Success – Step 139: Be Secure, Even on the Go

Written By Rick Frishman Published April 15th, 2010

STEP ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-NINE

Be Secure, Even on the Go

It’s easy to leave important items behind—they slide under beds in hotel rooms; into seats in airplanes, taxicabs, and restaurants; or onto the floor when you’re working at other places of business. Getting back forgotten items can be murder—if you’re lucky enough to ever see them again. Leaving stuff behind can be embarrassing or even damaging in certain situations. So thoroughly check that you have all your belongings before you walk out the door.

WHAT IT MEANS: In a mobile society, people are constantly rushing. They constantly race from place to place at breakneck speed because they’re running late. Frequently, they’re loaded down with enough electronic equipment, paperwork, and gear to run a military command center. Many items they tote are valuable and difficult, if not impossible, to replace. Getting them back or replacing them usually takes far more time than making sure that nothing was left.

ACTION PLAN: Form the habit of taking inventory of your valuables. Establish a system. For example, before you leave your home or office, lay out every item you plan to take and note it mentally. If you don’t trust your memory, make a list or enter it in your PDA or your computer—but be sure not to leave it during your travels. Before you leave places other than your home or office, check carefully to make sure everything is accounted for.

EVEN BETTER: Count the number of valuable items you take with you. While in transit, try to recall what each item is. Then, before you leave any place you stop, check that you have the number of items you should.

(Excerpted from: 10 Clowns Don’t Make a Circus. . . and 249 Other Critical Management Success Strategies by Steven Schragis and Rick Frishman)


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