The Perfect Update [4-Bullet Status]
The Perfect Update
SUPERHUMAN SCORE: 8
Powerful people are busy.
(They might not remember what they asked you to do.)
Use this outline:
- Here's what you asked me to do
- Here's what I did
- Here are the risks/blockers (if any)
- If given more time, I'd do this
Simple, but advanced advice.
Let's dive into why this works so well.
In every edition of System Sunday, I assess the featured system across three superhuman dimensions: impact, setup, and maintenance.
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The 4-Bullet Status:
Effective for communicating? Yes.
Signals your leadership ability? Definitely.
|Bullet||What You’ll Signal to Others|
|• Here's what you asked me to do||Providing Context = Social Intelligence|
|• Here's what I did||Ownership/Accountability|
|• Here are the risks/blockers (if any)||Critical Thinking|
|• If given more time, I'd do this||Strategic Thinking|
Before your next status update, spend a few minutes jotting down your thoughts per the 4-bullet framework.
You can write this down in a physical or digital notebook.
I prefer digital (Evernote), as I find it's easier to reference for future updates.
The childhood lesson that has had the greatest impact on me, imparted by my Dad:
“Action cures fear.”
Taking action—through preparation—goes a long way in feeling more confident.
But even if you get caught off guard (and need to give an impromptu update), it'll be reassuring to know you have this outline to fall back on.
BRINGING IT HOME
Use the 4-Bullet Status to manage up, laterally, or down.
The likely result?
1) Help your organization communicate better.
2) Accelerate your career.
All systems go,