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I’m Too Busy Right Now…

We’ve all heard it; and we know it only means we are not a priority right now. While it might be funny in the movies when the hero says he can’t deliver the marriage proposal because he’s “too busy,” it’s not funny in business. In fact, it can be a real killer!

    Of course there are always situations when the goals of the business and the goals of the team members do not match. Especially lower ranked managers are sitting between the chairs. Neither being an iron man nor hard nose nor everybody’s darling leads the business to the desired success. Business and personal goals have to be in harmony.

Who do you please?

And if you please - how do you please?

Are you being used by the team to please them?

Then there is the well known variant:

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Three other Opinions:

  1. Cecilia
    09:11 on Monday, March 17th, 2008
    Oh yes, I have met those - way too often if you ask me…

    The worst one was a manager who would always say that to his people, but never allow anyone to say the same thing…
  2. Ada
    12:59 on Monday, March 17th, 2008
    Who do you please? Early on in, I sought only to please myself, as I’ve become an adult, getting more responsibilities and people that rely on me, I am learning to not always be the priority on my own list.

    And if you please - how do you please? I will do what is morally, ethically, and legally right, whether it is in my professional or personal encounters, and that would mostly be doing what is expected of me.

    Are you being used by the team to please them? A lot of times I feel that way, most of the times it doesn’t bother me, but on that rare occassion when it does, I’ve learned to step away, and that is where pleasing myself comes into play.
  3. Frank Kanu
    08:45 on Tuesday, March 18th, 2008
    Thank you Cecilia and Ada.

    I always like to learn the experiences of others and how they have grown over time.

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