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Dear Boss,

I just realized today was the deadline for me to get you the final piece for the new campaign that you asked me to make a priority. I unfortunately don’t have the work done, but if it’s any consolation I did finish this other project that won’t create any sales, because I don’t know why exactly.

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Dear Employee,

For some reason, I’m not feeling consoled. I think it’s primarily because the project you did finish doesn’t have any effect on us making money and the project you didn’t finish does. I guess I never specifically said out loud to concentrate first on the projects that have a direct impact on our sales, but let’s make that the policy going forward, whadda ya say?

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Why Your Torture Plan Will Surely Backfire

You prioritized your work at your own expense. Companies are only in business when they make money and tasks that don’t further the company’s sales are typically not the most important. More importantly though, when there’s a deadline you have to meet, alert the powers that be that you need more time. Nothing worse than finding out the day something’s due you won’t be getting it.

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Maybe Try this Instead?

Make sure you know what is a priority and what isn’t. Though one project might be more attractive because you can easily see how to complete it, make sure you finish the high priority items first. Typically we avoid that which is taxing our brain and giving us trouble. Definitely ask for an extension if you don’t see yourself completing the work by the deadline. And if you do find yourself having not met a deadline without having given any advanced warning, it’s best to simply apologize, give an ETA, and get it done asap.

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Dear Employee,

We need to figure out who our direct competitors are so we can rise above them. Let me give you an analogy: it’s like if you were a crab-fisherman and you didn’t know where the crabs lived, you’d never catch any crabs because you wouldn’t know where to look, but if you know where to look because you know how crabs live then you could catch all the crab you want.

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Dear Boss,

You had me at “We need to figure out who our direct competitors are.”

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Why Your Torture Plan Will Surely Backfire

There’s a movie coming out about you called The Bloviator. A man tries to save the world with his meaningless speeches only to alienate himself from the very world he’s trying to save. Save the analogies for concepts that are truly confusing. Simple obvious ideas don’t require further explanation.

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Maybe Try this Instead?

If the other person doesn’t ask for clarification and even says something like “OK, got it” then leave it be. Pay attention to nonverbal cues like body language, facial expressions, etc to be aware if your message is getting across. A listener’s eyes might be open but their brain is somewhere else. If you’re ignoring nonverbal cues you might just like to hear yourself talk, in which case you could record an audio book and try to shop it around.

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