Leaders regularly do the MVA when they are best

“Do your most valuable activity (MVA) when you are best.” This is my paraphrase of a quote from Daniel Pink. I listened to a podcast episode from him today. Pink’s latest book is When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. We spend a lot of time figuring out what to do. We even spend at least some time figuring out why we should do it. This book looks at optimizing when we should do things. It turns out we should do our most valuable activity when we are best. Makes sense, right? Even seems simple. However, how many of us do something low value like email when we are best? How many of us hop on the socials media for a half hour when we are best? How many of us squander our best time? There are two keys to the message. Do the most valuable activity (assumes we know what that is). And, do it when you are best. So, what is your MVA? And, when are you best? 

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 January 7, 2019

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