Done vs. done-done

The difference between “done” and “done-done” is usually that last five percent. That last five percent of a project. The last couple of weeks of the semester. The punch list. You know when you have reached “done” when you feel the inevitable internal pull to focus your attention on the great “what’s next!” But done is seldom done-done. Done-done is taking the project to 100%. One. Hundred. Percent. This means the punch list is punched and the tools are cleaned and put away properly. This is seeing the class through to the last minute of the last day. Many of us think done is done. Fewer of us know that done-done is where all of the benefit lies. The new book I am finishing about a new model of leadership specifically designed to help leaders win amid turbulent generational and technological change was done a few months ago (in my mind). Now this project is approaching done-done and will be available for sale in just a few short weeks. If you can keep your attention and energy up long enough, done-done is inevitable.

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on October 10, 2018

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