Action expresses priorities
If you consider everything a priority, then you are facing a big problem when it comes to juggling your daily activities. A true conflict can arise because of finding difficulty in defining and arranging your priorities. Your conflict can be internal when you self-debate your priorities or external with your team members. The success of each project or task at hand requires equal energy and attention to each individual step on the way to project completion.
To be able to rank how valuable an activity is, you should clearly identify and be well-aware of your organisation’s main values, vision and mission. At the end of the day, whether it is project A or B, the completion of the project will be in the benefit of the organisation or the business. All priorities can be ordered from greatest to least with no two priorities at the same level. Always understand the objective of the different tasks you have at hand and always start working on the task that holds the highest value for your business.
Realise that your priorities can change in an instant so always be prepared that you might have to drop what you have at hand in order to cater to one of your employees or another task that is of high-value to your business. Always keep your options open and delegate tasks when you find appropriate. If you fear delegation or fear losing control over your projects, make sure you clearly communicate your vision and objectives to get fruitful results. You can always give the final approval to make sure that the task has been fulfilled in line with your vision. Flexibility and being able to move smoothly with a flow is one of the modern world’s important skill sets especially if you want to be an efficient leader.
As a manager, you have a lot on your plate. When you have to prioritise your tasks and projects, your team might disagree with you. If this happens, try to discuss a new approach in which you can resolve the conflict without compromising on what you believe to be the most important task. If you find them insisting on their opinion, you must be able to logically explain why what you have at hand is more important than their request without damaging relationships.
Initial steps of any project management process include looking at your responsibilities and identifying your deadlines clearly. Be ready to kick-off a reasonable negotiation at any time. Even as a manager, always expect that compromises would be made on both sides in order to reach an effective and logical middle ground that can satisfy most parties and get the work done.
A lot of us have conflicting priorities and as a leader, your daily tasks will be at times overwhelming for yourself and your team members. It is essential to know how to manage your demands effectively. Start by clarifying your priorities and scheduling your work effectively. Strong negotiation skills are a must as well when it comes to rearranging deadlines. Learn how to manage your team’s expectations effectively and always be flexible because “action expresses priorities.”
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