Making it urgent

When what you want others to do isn’t happening as fast as you’d like, it’s tempting to up the pressure by making everything urgent, even when it’s not.

This might work for a little while, but you’re solving your difficulty in the wrong place.

Making everything urgent is like crying wolf. Before long nobody will believe your deadlines, and you’ll be back where you started, only now you’ve eroded the very trust that makes coordinating action with others possible.

And you’ve made it more difficult for people to join you in a much more important conversation about what each of you is genuinely committed to, how your commitments compete with one another, and what you’re willing to put down to have what you care about happen.

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