Empower Your Employees To Say “No” By Prioritizing Goals

So many times we can feel overwhelmed by requests for urgent issues/tasks.  Unfortunately, urgent does not always mean important, but the urgent often trumps the important if we aren’t prepared to respond to yet another urgent request.

By having corporate goals prioritized, and cascaded throughout the organization to individual goals, we take a giant leap toward ensuring energy is focused on the truly important.  A great aspect of prioritizing goals is that your direct report, when faced with an urgent request, can weigh it against the importance of corporate goals.

A simple explanation to a co-worker: “I’m sorry – I’d love to help you, but I’m working on this project which ties directly to our #1 corporate priority.  I’ll be happy to help once I complete this,” can say “no” without pain on either giving or receiving end.

Additionally, at the end of the day, your direct reports feel like they accomplished something, not just spinning wheels reacting to everyone else’s priorities.  Warning: Don’t be surprised if they use the same approach to your requests!

Empower your employees to great success, by allowing them to say “no” to urgent, not important priorities.

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