CHAPTER 16

How to Prioritize When Your Manager Is Hands-Off

by Amy Jen Su

Prioritizing work can be frustrating, especially if you work for a hands-off manager or a company that doesn’t give you clear goals. Most of us face this reality daily. The frequently cited research of Robert Kaplan and David Norton shows that more than 90% of employees don’t fully understand their company’s strategy or know what’s expected of them to help achieve company goals.1 Compounding the problem, research from Strategy& shows that global executives say they have too many conflicting priorities.2

In a world where clashing and unclear objectives are the norm, how can you learn to prioritize your own work and still feel satisfaction from a job well done?

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