How many aces can you play in a card game?
The ace is the trump card. It always wins. Everyone knows to pay attention and look for it, because it causes all others to lose the hand.
In a project, there is always an ace card. The leader can say “just get it done” and priorities are immediately re-shuffled within the team and the task is completed. When the trump card is played, other work gets set aside. Maybe work that was pushed aside is unimportant or maybe it is critical. But the trump card still wins.
As a leader, how many of those cards can you play?
Beware when you play the trump card. There are a limited number of them.
Thanks for listening.