Navigating The Choice Between Results & Process

2 min readMar 3, 2023
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The Numbers Speak

I conducted a fascinating poll on LinkedIn and gathered 120 votes. Surprisingly, 71% (85 people) of voters prefer a process-oriented approach, while 29% (35 people) chose the result-oriented method. In what contexts is a result-oriented approach more appropriate than a process-oriented approach, and vice versa?

Two Sides

Are you struggling to choose between a result-oriented or process-oriented approach in your work? Let’s take a closer look.

A result-oriented approach means focusing on efficiency, meeting benchmarks, and achieving goals.

On the other hand, a process-oriented approach values long-term quality, continuous learning, and flexibility.

It’s important to remember that both approaches have their pros and cons, and the best choice may vary depending on your work environment.

A Choice to Make

As you read this article, consider this question: which is more important, the result or the process? Have you ever thought about what matters more in your work? Is it the end result or the process you take to get there?

Take a moment to reflect on these ideas and consider what works best for you. While both approaches have advantages and disadvantages, it ultimately depends on the positioning in the company, the outcome you desire, and your work environment.

Road to Trio

Do you ever wonder whether it’s better to focus on the end result or the process of getting there? It’s a common question, but there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. To make the best choice for you, consider these three factors below:

  • We must know where we stand in our roles — whether as team leaders or individual contributors.
  • It’s also crucial to understand the industry we work in, and whether we offer our products or cater to the client’s needs.
  • Lastly, we must consider the duration of our projects, long-term or short-term.

There are more factors to be explored, these three things are an excellent starting point.

In the end, achieving results effectively demands a holistic approach where we recognize that the process is just as crucial as the outcome.

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