Here are the 5 Things I Want You to Work On



“You can do it all, just not at the same time”. — Stephen Covey

You can only work on so many things at once.

In Squirrels, Boats, and Thoroughbreds: Lessons for Leading Change in Traditional Businesses, Jamie Gerdsen shares a story about just that.

A friend of his had recently retired and decided to take up golf.

Here’s what happened …

Gerdsen writes:

“He found a club pro he liked and had the pro critique his swing.  After a morning together, the pro told him, ‘Here are the five things I want you to work on with your swing.  Go play five rounds and come back and we’ll see how you’re doing.’

My friend was a little surprised that after an entire morning together, the pro only had five things to tell him.  So he questioned him about that.

The pro’s response was illuminating .  He told my friend there was a lot he could point out, but a golfer could only work on so many things at once.  If he told the golfer a whole bunch of things to fix, it was overwhelming, and nothing got accomplished.  He even had a term for it.  He called it over-coaching.”

Whether you’re coaching yourself, or coaching, managing, or leading others, less is often more.

Image by Javier.


  1. Hi, JD. I’m just stopping by to say happy holidays and thank you. I posted my last blog post a few weeks ago (the post explains why), and I am visiting folks who made a difference in my life to say thank you. You have been a tremendous support to me, in general through your blog, and also personally through your comments on my blog, your support of my book, and your encouragement. I wish you the very best now and always. Thank you, Galen

    • Hey Galen,

      Happy holidays to you as well!

      Adventures are a great way to fill your words bucket back up.

      May your bucket overflow from your adventures ahead,


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