We’ve all been there… a “to do” list that is so long you don’t know where to start. Every day more things are added and some things come flying at you as “URGENT!” In my work, I am noticing more and more teams struggling with how to prioritize because there is growing culture of what I refer to as the “tyranny of the urgency”.
I remember asking my boss once, “Help me to understand what is the most urgent and important thing to work on”. His response was…”It’s all urgent and import.” My feeling is it can’t all be urgent and important. We need tools for teams and leaders to decide what is most urgent and important or we will get washed under in a giant wave of tasks. When we get hit by too many of these waves efficiency and morale often decline. [Read more…]