Getting It Done

Getting It Done

How to get it done. The Secret Sauce. George Soros is a Hungarian born investor who makes decisions based on back tweaks. He’s worth 1.2 billion dollars and in his words he says, “I make decisions based on the way my back feels and it’s quirky.” We wrote about that here.

When it comes to getting things done, there’s a myth that you have to roll out the same secret sauce and follow those rules every single time.

I guess you could do it that way, but then you have to remember all of the rules. And then your office looks like the movie Office Space with staplers and signs full of rules in Times New Roman size 20 font taped everywhere.

We’ve found that when it comes to getting things done, assigning a Direct Responsible Person (DRP for short) is pivotal.

A DRP inherently goes above and beyond. And it doesn’t matter how you do it (within reason) but the DRP must get the job done.

People wait to be told exactly what to do. But here’s the real truth: no one really knows what to do.

For example, the famous feature film composer, Hans Zimmer, has a decked out lair where he creates the most legendary soundtracks of our era (Gladiator, The Dark Knight, The Lion King, Inception). It’s how he gets the job done.

The lair works for him. Some people like windows though.

What's your secret sauce?

Often times, Zimbabwe comes across as the Excuse Economy.


  • Airtime, The person wasn’t there.
  • Internet, They ran out of modems and cables so I have to pay $40 and wait on a list until the new shipment from China arrives.
  • Data, My phone’s data plan cuts off at the 21st of each month because I have to pay more money but there’s no easy way to pay.
  • Bank, I can’t take money out today because of too many reasons to explain in this post...

You see, on and on and on.

Stop the excuses! Here’s the way to get it done. Assign DRP’s to projects or tasks. Assign a Direct Responsible Person.

At first, when teaching this to your team, you offer to be the DRP on the project. Let everyone know:
The Buck stops with the DRP. Too often everyone points fingers and disagrees about who should be getting it done. Arguing majors and minors. This has then infiltrated and affects our whole economy.

No more I am not the one. You are the one!

If you can’t get the job done, google it. Still can’t get it done. Scream and shout. And let everyone know. All hands on deck to help you accomplish the task/project/goal.

If you have a culture of excuses it will affect your entire team. Ban excuses and offer solutions.

There’s not a secret sauce to getting things done. George Soros feels a tweak in his back. Hans Zimmer has a productivity, music lair. Do what works.

And if you do it, you might as well do it right.