When I was a student I used quite a few excuses when my assignment wasn’t ready on time: “My dog ate it, my grandmother had a heart attack.” As a professor, I didn’t accept excuses like these. Assignments were due on a certain date and time. Period. I didn’t want to get in the position of checking on whether it really was ” your grandmother’s fourth heart attack.”
I would tell the students, “no excuses, ever.
I never hear excuses from the artists I work with. They don’t say, “I didn’t feel creative today.” or say, “I’m not ready for the show.” They take responsibility for what they do. They say, “This is what I’ve done, this is what I do.” They know chances don’t come along every day. When the chance comes, they take it.
I hate when people I work with use excuses.
“I just started here.”
” I’m not ready to present today.”
” My report is on this thumb drive and I didn’t have a chance to print it out.” [Kind of a high tech version of “my dog ate it.]
I hate these excuses because show irresponsibility and they inconvenience others. I tell the clients I work with, “no excuses.”
Think you don’t use excuses? Ask your friends and colleagues what they think. Notice too when others use excuses.
Every time you use an excuse, put a dollar or a 100 yen coin in a pouch. At the end of the week, you’ll have some money for a charity or for your kids or for some beer.
You’ll stand taller, appear stronger, you’ll be taking responsibility for your actions.
And you’ll most likely be advancing your career.
Excuses have no place in effective leadership.