The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.
—Dwight D. Eisenhower
When I’m thinking about seven things rather than one, I’m trying to keep them in my head and I’m trying to listen to you, but I really can’t because I just thought of three more things that I need to attend to when you leave, which I hope will be soon.
So I look at my watch a couple of times while you’re talking to me, because mentally I’m on the run, and I’m a type-A guy, doing a million things, but what I’m not seeing is that my very fragile relationship with you is being destroyed by this approach. It’s being destroyed a little ...