Are you managing crises—or are they controlling you?
Has your job title shifted from manager to fire chief?
Has your job title shifted from manager to fire chief? Ask
yourself these questions to make sure you’re using time effectively:
• Do you have time to address issues as they arise? When you
push problems aside because you’re dealing with other
problems, they’ll smolder and ultimately flare up later. If you
don’t have time to deal with problems immediately, take a few
seconds and pencil them into your schedule. That way you
won’t risk forgetting the problem until it comes back to burn
you. If you’ve got absolutely no room in your schedule,
delegate the problem—or another less-important activity—to
• Do you have time to find a definitive solution? Patching a
problem with a temporary solution only guarantees that you’ll
have to address the problem again. Remember the saying, “If
you don’t have time to do it right, how will you have time to do
it over?” Take the time initially to find a complete solution
instead of battling the same blaze over and over again.
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