There is an absurdly wide gap between the human capacity to make many grand plans and the lifetime available to realize them. This brevity of life makes rigorous prioritization central to all time management and, at the same time, makes every choice painfully significant. Unfortunately, in our desperation, we tend to squeeze so much into our day until we are finally sufficiently overloaded to say no with a clear conscience.
Time is our scarcest resource. It runs out irretrievably. Already the ancient Romans gave the advice: Carpe diem! In the age of knowledge work with a thousand possibilities and just as many distractions, however, this is easier said than done. In about twenty years of knowledge work, I have tried out a few things and learned a lot about how to organize myself well.
Do fish have to climb trees? Of course not! So why are employees regularly asked to work on their weaknesses? It would make more sense for everyone to accept weaknesses, make them irrelevant through appropriate organization and thus deliberately make strengths productive.
Management deals with the inanimate. It deals with numbers, processes and structures — leadership with the living, with people in their diversity and uniqueness. It is often neglected that leadership…