I wanted to introduce to you a concept that I have used over the years in running my business. I introduced it into my staff training manuals, to all new project workers, and it is something that I encourage leaders and managers to deploy as part of their ethos within their organisations and groups.

I called the E squared model and it is a system that I use when approaching a new important task that requires my time and The best of me.

There are four E’s that I would like you to consider hence the name E squared.

1. The first E is efficiency

Is the approach that you are taking to this new important task efficient or are you complicating a simple process? I’ve often use the terms ski downhill or the path of least resistance, is your approach causing you tension or frustration, are you over analysing a simple process are you busy being busy are you focusing on the problem and not the solution? being efficient means you are not burning too much fuel to get to your destination.

2. The second E that I would like to introduce is effectiveness.

Is what you’re doing effective? are you going to achieve the desired outcome? If not is it a waste of your time doing the task just to prove the inevitability of it being a failed task. Let me give you an example, I’ve often heard people say ‘I know it’s going to fail but I’ll do it anyway because that’s what’s asked of me – sometimes that approach is simply because of an instruction has come from the higher Echelons in the organisation and the recipient feels as if the bosses are not connected with the task or the staff, So the recipients mission is to prove a point.

Work on tasks that are important and produce the desired effect.

3. The third E is enduring

Do you have the wherewithal to get the task done? Is what you’re doing built to last for the duration required to achieve the outcome? Are you willing able to undergo difficult or even stressful times in order to see the fulfilment of the task?

Many people start a task or project well, they choose the best time of the day to work on the tasks, they choose the best people to work with and the planing, time management and the desire to accomplish the task is well above par. Somehow along the way most people loose their focus, get distracted have priority issues and eventually loose steam. Although they started well they end badly.
Commitment to the accomplishment of a difficult task requires endurance.

To endure at a task requires you to have a mindset that is full of belief in the success of the task, completely disciplined and focused.

4. The fourth E is excellence.

The best selling author Brian Tracy says “Set excellent performance as your standard and try to achieve it every day“.

When approaching a difficult task you need to have the right attitude. Approaching critical tasks with a lacklustre approach psychologically makes the task more difficult and you will notice a huge reduction in your energy levels. The fact is that, the time when you approach important or even urgent tasks with the wrong attitude they usually get seriously delayed or they actually never start.

Excellence is not a skill but it is an attitude to how are you approach the task ahead.

With excellence at your forefront you are able to endure difficult tasks, especially the ones that people who are negative seek to avoid or quit. Your name is associated to your tasks and although you may not get to public recognition for all the things you do, if you do it with the spirit of excellence your personal self esteem grows and you will be in a better position to accomplish the next task especially if it is a difficult one.

I’m sure you could think of many other E’s that you could add to this list – feel free to do so, but if you use these four as a framework you will gather enough momentum and a mindset to approach any project with the desired outcome of accomplishment.