Our company recently finished the teaching of The Speed of Trust written by Stephen M.R. Covey and are inculcating it as our third foundational pillar. All employees were required to take this course through the USR College of Excellence. I can tell you that this study has already made a great improvement to our organization, and I believe clients are also having an improved experience with us as we apply these principles.
This entry is really about separating the kernels from the chaff. In farming, the chaff is removed from the outside kernel (wheat for example), and deposited in the field with the straw. The kernel has the most value. There are so many voices and so much noise in the world; what shall we spend our time doing? My opinion is that we could waste a lifetime pursuing good things but not find or do the best things. What makes the difference and how can we know?
I once learned from a prominent leader that we must recognize the reality that just because something is good is not sufficient reason for doing it. The number of things we can do far exceeds the time available to accomplish them. The challenge is to determine between good, better, or best, and strive to select the best. For instance, the challenge applies to classes we hold. Good to hold them, better to teach a principle, but best to actually improve lives as a result. Therefore, in the case of classes taught at USR College of Excellence, unless we determine that the teaching or class to be taught will change behavior to benefit the person and the company, it becomes just another good story and not worthy of including in our curriculum.
Now the other end of this spectrum would be to over analyze if the practice or teaching falls into good, better, or best, and then do nothing because so much time was wasted trying to determine this. Let me offer this advice; carefully and expeditiously select how time is to be spent in these matters, then make a decision and just do it. Sometimes the selection may not end up being the best, but something good was done in the mean time. With these thoughts in mind, I hope this helps as you strive to make best decisions not just good ones.
Finally, I do recommend The Speed of Trust as a truly BEST way to spend some time.