When your colleagues commit to do something, do they deliver? All too often at work we find ourselves chasing late input, or fixing work that wasn’t done to standard. Rework is dragging down your team’s productivity, and chews up your time.
Do you ever hesitate to delegate work or ask for help? Do you ever hold back from tasking people with work, or communicating standards of behaviour or performance? You may be worried that they’ll say no. That they’ll react against you. The result is that work doesn’t get done, or winds up on your plate. Matters are left lingering, unresolved.
When you’re asked to do something, do you always end up saying yes? Perhaps you want to be seen as positive and capable. Perhaps you feel obligated. Whatever the cause, you find yourself consistently overcommitted. Either you lose quality of work, or quality of life.
“Show me someone who is suffering and I’ll show you someone not making effective requests” – Fernando Flores