Don't Let Others Define Your Job

Most managers sabotage their productivity by grappling with an endless list of demands from others. They assume -- wrongly -- that those demands are requirements and that they have no personal discretion or control over their jobs. Here's one way to escape this trap: Slow down, set priorities, then stick to those priorities -- focusing your efforts on activities that support them. For example, suppose you want to achieve a high-level promotion at your firm. Manage your own development, by choosing the right assignments, meeting only with people who need you, and working on long-term projects during times when your travel schedule is light.

Today's Management Tip of of the Day was adapted from the HBR article, "Reclaim Your Job," by Sumantra Ghoshal and Heike Bruch.

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  July 29, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  | Category:  Management Tip of the Day
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