Saying no, thoughtfully

In our office we like to say that we are confronted with “insurmountable opportunities,” because we rarely see a whole week go by without running into a brand new project that could easily suck up half of our organizational bandwidth.

In the Harvard Business review, Tony Schwartz has an article about modern work’s frantic pace, and the real value of an executive’s ability to create time for their own thoughts:

Saying no, thoughtfully, may be the most undervalued capacity of our times. In a world of relentless demands and infinite options, it behooves us to prioritize the tasks that add the most value.

Long roadmaps come from leaders who create the time it takes to develop a strategic vision.