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But, is it really urgent? Real urgency versus false urgency

It’s Manic Monday. It’s no doubt frantic at work – people running urgently from meeting to meeting and emailing the hell out of each other. Have you noticed people emailing from home Sunday nights recently, to try and get ahead so they can hit the ground running on Monday? I have.

How much of the frenetic activity is driven by the urgency of the market, and how much by people’s anxiety to be seen to be doing something?

When we are all being asked to do more with less, now, more than ever, you need to face down the stupid stuff. Got a regular meeting everyone hates that saps time and energy? Challenge it. That’s an act of leadership, no matter what ‘level’ you are at.

We all accumulate regular ‘to dos’. If we all focus on stripping out the non-productive stuff rather than just accepting it, we’ll be in a better position to respond to the genuine urgent call of the market.

There’s a new clip from John Kotter in The Leadership Hub today, on the difference between real urgency and false urgency. You can find it on the Home Page, top left, under the heading ‘Hub TV’. Here’s the link: www.theleadershiphub.com .

Go listen to and watch John Kotter. It takes four minutes. If you’re not too busy, that is.

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