Continuing thoughts from the post 13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful. Today points 7-13, including multi-tasking & distractions, so a bit of levity first.
Every once in a while, we are reminded people matter and relationships should be prioritized over tasks. That we even need to be reminded of this is an unfortunate truth, but a truth nonetheless. I received just such a reminder when I stumbled across this article/interview about Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert a few days ago.
And in the midst of a very busy season, it was just the rude awakening I needed. In particular, this quote captures the essence of what good leaders should be striving for …
Building a team that brings you solutions instead of challenges, listening to and collaborating with them—that ultimately prioritizes your focus on issues where you can have the most impact, not just scratch items off the to do list … to me, productivity is directly related to the personal relationships you are able to build.
“We over-exaggerate yesterday, we over-estimate tomorrow, and we under-estimate today.” – John Maxwell
I was listening to a podcast this morning on the way in to work, and honestly my mind was elsewhere … I wasn’t really engaged in the discussion … until the speaker quoted this little gem from John Maxwell.
For the remainder of the drive in, it was all I could think about. Take each piece independently … how often do we look forward to something in the future only to find our expectations of the event were bigger than the event itself? How often do we find ourselves reliving past successes (or failures for that matter)? How often do we miss the near and present opportunities because we are too focused on either the future or the past?
One of the truths about being in product management is that conflicts arise. Across the many stakeholders within the organization and the many personalities, simultaneous projects, and sometimes conflicting priorities it is bound to happen. For example, maybe it is …
There are countless examples that I am sure we could all recite from the past month, couple of weeks, week, or maybe even the past day! But when it comes to these types of conflicts, a couple of principles come to mind that I have found helpful … hopefully you find them useful as well.