Sharing this timely article written for Forbes by my friend and mentor, Mark Nevins. Here, Mark discusses "big rock" priorities and how to think about the competing distractions before you. For me, this was a great reminder that I am charged with one priority and that is to grow the business in a responsible way. I hope it is that simple for you!
However, it turns out that prioritizing can really hard. As a senior executive you have a lot on your plate, and a large number of people demand your time, attention, labor, and share of mind. And it seems like some problem or unexpected issue pops up every week. You try to be a good corporate citizen: you help out when asked (and even when not asked), you seek ways to add value, and you’re always willing to go the extra yard. You work longer hours, and thanks to the wonders of technology you bring your work more and more into your personal time. The concept of “work-life balance” becomes background noise.