IM Louiville

IM Louiville
Bikes racked at Ironman Louisville 2010

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

URGENT!

This post has nothing to do with training or racing. This is about my work frustrations. Why is it that everyone needs everything done ASAP or TODAY or IMMEDIATELY? Every manager I work for thinks their stuff is MORE IMPORTANT than everyone else's. In fact, this week, I started a "list". Every time someone tells me something is URGENT or needs to be done IMMEDIATELY, I make a tick mark. Well, we're only 3 days into the week and I already have 11 tick marks. The problem is, they make me "jump" to get things done, but when the ball lands back in their court, it just sits there. Frustrating. Like the boy who cried wolf...

3 comments:

Bernie Conway said...

I run in to that situation at work too. Here is the solution that I have used pretty successfully.
Always respond with two tasks for every one that's put on you. I realize that these tasks often come from a supervisor so the tasks that you "assign" them have to be disguised as the actions of a pro-active, highly effective, ambitious professional.
Pretty soon they will be conditioned to give their dramatic, high-drama tasks to a less valuable, less focused member of the team.

Larry Gasik said...

You tell those people to Piss Off!

And take the day off and hang out by the pool.

Word.

John from Grand Haven, MI said...

You need a vacant lot, a shovel, a roll of duct tape and some lye....