Sweat the Small Stuff

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what it would be like to be a spaceman or astronaut? 

Although many of us may have dreams of space actually travelling there isn’t top of my bucket list. Despite this I was recently given a copy of Chris Hadfield’s book, ‘An Astronauts guide To Life On Earth’. Biographies are not usually my genre of choice but this one is different as it goes much further than a life story. It literally is a ‘Guide to Life on Earth’, as an Astronaut or otherwise.

Chapter 4 – Sweat the small stuff – is one chapter in a book of thirteen chapters. Sweating the small stuff may not be appropriate all of the time but there are some definite benefits. (Like the time when Chris almost blinded himself with anti-fog solution – NASA now use a less noxious substance.)

Throughout the chapter Chris refers back to historical space programmes, explains what was learnt and the legacy this leaves for the future. By looking at the situation in detail space travel has never been safer. (The Challenger disaster was a terrible blow for Space travel and important lessons have been learnt.)

I have a reputation for attention to detail and often my role as a VA means I am called to be diligent and consider all the detail. I may not look like (or even want to be) an Astronaut but the mind-set has helped enormously:

Put the detail into context – it may not be appropriate all the time but don’t dismiss its usefulness, however time consuming.

Don’t work in isolation – a company and more importantly a team is more than one person, working together to sweat the small stuff halves the load and increases success.

Think about succession planning – for future success learn lessons, make it easier for others to understand the situation and make it easier for others to take the lead in the future.

Is there an area of your business where sweating the small stuff now will pay dividends in the future?

“In my .. line of work, an astronaut who doesn’t sweat the small stuff is a dead astronaut.” Chris Hadfield.

A version of this blog was previously published at: http://brightconsultancy.com/sweat-small-stuff/