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Rich’s Rules for Achievement # 9 – Set Priorities

September 20, 2015

Professional 3 3836What’s Important NOW – Set Priorities

In traditional time management thinking, priorities are things which are considered most important.  In the new world, a leader must adjust his or her thinking to the things that are most important NOW, in this moment.  In a larger sense, you know your priorities include personal needs such as health, family, friends and finances. You need to maintain your home, your vehicles, and your assets. Priorities in your professional life include your organization’s goals, profitability, finances, and needs for up-to-date equipment or a well-trained workforce.

While you may have these larger priorities in place, you also know that other things WILL COME UP, and can suddenly become a priority that pushes everything else to the back burner.  An unexpected order from a new client may emerge, calling for immediate action in order to seize opportunity.  A major emergency may hit your community, calling for all hands on deck.  An important member of your team becomes incapacitated or worse, passes away, and others must drop what they doing and step up to fill the void until a replacement can be found.  These are just a few examples of the challenges leaders face day in and day out. Keeping your priorities clear allows you to stay on track in the larger sense of your journey and helps you refocus once the fires have been put out.  Leaders are people who can manage the unexpected, regroup and get back on track.

For this reason, Set Priorities is Rich’s Rule #9.

 

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