If I’d been paid a pound for every time someone told me they’d moved or missed a deadline I wouldn’t be working Mondays…Tuesdays…Wednesday or Thursdays either.
Did you know the term dead line originated in the 1860’s during the American Civil War? It was at Camp Sumter, which grew to become one of the largest and prisoner of war camps in the entire Confederacy, where the man in ‘control’ implemented a Dead Line:
Any prisoner caught wondering on or beyond a line just inside the inner wall of the prison would immediately be killed.
The deadliest of all deadlines.
Today, deadline means the latest time or date by which something should be completed. You’re not going to actually get shot by not completing it, but it seems there is a blasé attitude around deadlines.
I help the Entrepreneurs Circle’s Nigel Botterill on his Masterminds, and he treats the importance of committing to deadlines as if holding a gun to your head: a matter of life of death.
Here at Advocate, we feel SO strongly about setting and meeting deadlines that our client board meeting reports contain a section called Locked & Loaded with an icon of a gun. This is a summary of agreed Planes to Land that our clients will focus on over the 13-weeks and we hold them accountable.
How else do you get results otherwise?
I’m sure as a business owner YOU get frustrated when your employees miss or postpone deadlines. Not only is this damaging to productivity and moral within your business – it has a massive impact on your bottom line and limits your ability to scale.
As well as reminding you of the importance of deadlines this week, I’m sharing 6 simple ways on how to best manage deadlines for yourself and your team – however big or small the task may be.