The rather crude, somewhat sexually suggestive, “Git ‘er dun” expression has become pervasive, to the point of being printed on hats, license plates, and other items. Although I like to think of myself as an educated, erudite, well spoken person, I have resorted to using this expression from time to time because it expresses, in simple terms, my view that things need to be taken care of, as soon as possible. The hand wringing, “woe is me” types of people who sit around and discuss their plans on a seemingly endless basis are not for me. I prefer taking action, doing something, and indeed, “gittin er dun.” In both our work and personal lives, when my spouse/business partner hears these three little words, it communicates (in a manner that is arguably not eloquent) that I am requesting immediate action regarding something I consider highly important. Using this expression has also allowed for some levity to be interjected into a request for urgent action that often deflects some of the resentment that stems from being asked to drop everything and do something else instead.
It can be hard to prioritize but when the boss (at home or work) says “git ‘er dun” the priorities become very clear. But, another aspect of “git ‘er dun” is to take it as a motto to make things happen, fast, and accurately. And, then to let someone know whatever it was to be done was done. There are some workplace performance coaches who say, touch each task only 1 time – deal with it immediately. I do not find this to be possible. I have to prioritize and do things in some logical fashion. Not in the last minute, put out the fire way, but there are clearly things which are more important than others. But, if I, or others need reminding of the priorities, having someone say “git ‘er dun” is effective. And, when you “got ‘er dun,” report that to the person who said “git.” It is frustrating as a supervisor to wonder, did the task get completed? So, closing the feedback loop is (almost) as important as getting the job done. No one who manages others wants to have to remember to ask (once, or worse, more than once) whether things were done – it is much better from a managerial level and for the employee if the job gets done efficiently, accurately, and that the boss knows it is done.
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