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Earlier we helped you to identify your most valuable activities, the two things that you do that bring the greatest impact to the bottom line of the business. Everyone has their own unique set of MVAs, and because of this, your relationship with the people around you, has an impact on their irreplaceability as well. So, once you've identified and learn to focus on your own MVAs, you can begin helping the people around you. The process that we're going to go through can apply to any person that you are working with in your business.
It can apply to your manager, co-workers, and even those you manage. Regardless of your position in the company, there is someone that you may be able to help. One way to become irreplaceable is to help those people protect their time and stay in their MVAs. Irreplaceability often occurs faster when two or more people work in tandem to support each other. First, I suggest that you get approval to follow this process from your manager or supervisor, so that they're aware of the process and you can have their support and buy-in.
Next, I recommend that your co-workers review the videos on most valuable activities and complete the worksheet provided. At the end of that process they will have a list, like you have, of activities that they perform ranked in terms of their value, and they'll know what their top two MVAs are. Next, I recommend that you and your co-worker sit down and compare the results of the worksheets you have both completed.
In particular, look for areas where there is crossover, where they are performing the same activities that you are performing. Ideally, you'll identify one or two of their least valuable activities, that are your most valuable activities and vice-versa. For instance, let's say that one of my co-worker's least valuable activities is designing presentations. And one of my MVAs is graphic design. We've identified an area where I can take more responsibility from my co-worker and help them spend less time in their least valuable activities.
Then after you've identified those areas, you can have a discussion about how to redistribute some of the work load between the two of you, so that you both spend more time in your MVAs. In the next video, I will offer ideas on how to have that discussion. Of course, not every relationship is going to line up as evenly as this example. Even if that happens, going through this process together and understanding each other's MVAs, will show you opportunities to help the other person be more successful and be more valuable.
The better you understand your co-worker's needs and most valuable activities, and help each other stay in those MVAs, the more valuable you both will become.
This course is one of a series of five Dave Crenshaw courses based on his Invaluable teaching methodology for professional development.
- Discovering your most valuable activities
- Focusing by offloading tasks that weigh you down
- Enhancing productivity around the office
- Eliminating distractions