I recently had a discussion with a CEO and he said he was so busy he didn’t have time to take a vacation much less plan for the future. He lamented that juggling so many balls was stressful and he was remaining just one step from disaster!
He elaborated, and said he daily crosses things off his list, but the list keeps growing.
The ironic Lee Iacocca is reported to have responded to a senior executive who complained about being so busy he couldn’t take a vacation with his family…. Perhaps, I should be looking for a new VP if you can’t even manage a vacation.
The inference is very clear; planning, prioritization, and delegation are components of success.
I’m too busy doing important “stuff” is all too frequently the excuse for not achieving critical strategic issues.
All of us are busy. Doing what becomes the important question. Are we really cognizant of sorting out the vital few from the trivial many?
Has your well-thought-out business plan (assuming you have one) been relegated to the top desk drawer accumulating dust and it’s only February?
Here are a few thoughts to consider:
It’s not how hard you work, but rather where you spend your precious time that’s the real differentiator.
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