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Organizing for Success, Second Edition by Kenneth Zeigler

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5Prioritizing and Giving Others Your Priorities

You seldom get what you go after unless you know in advance what you want. Indecision has often given an advantage to the other fellow because he did his thinking beforehand.

MAURICE SWITZER

WHY WE HAVE TROUBLE PRIORITIZING ACCURATELY

The three biggest reasons why people have trouble prioritizing quickly and accurately are:

1. They try to prioritize without the essential information needed. As you will see, the fastest way to improve how you prioritize is to ask better questions.

2. They let human nature get in the way, so they work on what they’d rather work on instead of what they know (deep down) they should work on.

3. They are given very little information at the time the request is made. ...

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