Jun 12, 2011

Don't let other people's bad decisions affect your business

Important meeting scheduled one week ago for today at 3:00 pm. Nice. You have a whole week to make sure you appropriately push things away. You make some calls and reorder your day.

At 10 o'clock you are informed the meeting has been changed to 1:00 pm. Damn, same time you set for making that important call. You pick up the phone, pull up your calendar and make some changes again.

12:45 and a new message lands in your inbox: "Sorry, the meeting has been moved again to 3:00". Holy God! Are these guys playing with my time? Should I call and re-schedule everything again?

No, don't do it. Things like this happen all the time, but you can't let them interfere with the rest of your business. Maybe the meeting is really important for you, but I can't say the same for someone who changes it every hour. So instead of messing with the other stuff you've already set, call the meeting organizer and tell him: "Sorry, but I won't be able to make it". If the meeting is really important and you are absolutely indispensable, don't worry; together you will come with a time which works for everybody.

Always stop corrosive waves generated by bad decisions around you. Don't let them propagate inside your business. You better cut them before your entire world is flooded.