There are a lot of competing voices in an organization. Customers, suppliers, the boss, other members of the team, HR, and other departments are all vying for your time and attention. Everyone seems to have something they need us to do for the organization.
But one voice stands above the rest. One voice carries more weight than any other. One voice is the one that should get our attention (and our time) before any other request is fulfilled.
That voice is the voice of the boss. The leader. The one who determines if we keep our job or not.
I am working on a project that will have many benefits for our organization and all whom we serve. This project has numerous “sub-projects” and competing priorities that can often get confusing to manage on a daily basis. But, the leader of our organization said “I don’t care about all those other projects. Just don’t fail on the one thing I’ve asked you to do.”
I don’t know why that is so hard to maintain. He made it clear what I am expected to do. I know what I will be measured on. But I confess that I struggle sometimes when all the other voices compete for my attention.
The one voice. Listen to it and deliver what they ask. Then you can juggle the rest of the voices.