10-10-10 rule – The 200 words project

Here’s this week’s 200 word idea from Decisive by Chip Heath and Dan Heath.

Imagine you are deciding whether or not to avoid a difficult conversation with a teammate. An idea suggested by author Suzy Welch to help make the decision is to conduct the 10-10-10 analysis. Consider how you would feel about the decision –
– 10 minutes from now (anxious)
– 10 months from now (probably glad you had the conversation)
– 10 years from now (most likely, it won’t matter)

Similarly, if you are chasing a hot-shot to hire in your company, perhaps the 10-10-10 analysis will warn you not to offer too high a pay package that you may regret 10 months from now. Besides, the hot shot may probably not even stick around for 10 years.

The purpose of the 10-10-10 analysis isn’t to negate short term emotions. What we feel now tends to be strong and heavy and it exists to ensure that short term isn’t the only voice on the table.
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‘Knowing your priorities may help you with the 10-10-10 process, but the great thing is that it can also help you discover them.’ | Suzy Welch’s response (paraphrased) to a student who pointed out that 10-10-10 works best if you know your long term priorities.