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Stop fire-fighting! Breaking the organizational feedback loop

I’m pleased to say that my most recent blog article has been published on “”, where I have contributed as a guest author.    I’d love to hear what you think, so please feel free to make a comment on the site, or contact me directly. Here is an excerpt and link:


“I’m sure at some point in your career you will have either been trained on or read about personal effectiveness.  One of the common tools that is used in prioritisation is the “Urgency vs. Importance” graph that appears in Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  The theory in Covey’s book is that most individuals spend far too much time dealing with the “important & urgent” tasks, which means they neglect other important tasks.  Over time, all tasks become urgent (as they weren’t dealt with beforehand), which means that the cycle of constant fire-fighting continues.

It strikes me that a similar pattern exists within some organisations, with regards to the projects that they choose to progress.  Focus, budget and time is spent on the projects that absolutely “must” succeed – those that are both important and urgent.…”

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