Have you ever watched jugglers? Jugglers start off with three of whatever they are juggling. So if they are juggling bowling pins, or balls, or even bowling balls, they always seem to have one in each hand and one in the air. Of course the better they become as jugglers, they still only have two hands, but rather than having a total of three items to juggle, they may have four, five, or six various items. This means many more items in the air and a higher chance of missing something.
And of course, the more items the juggler has in the air, the more likely it is that what will happen? Yep, something happens and all the items being juggled fall to the floor.
The juggler will tell you dropping things is part of growing and stretching their ability. To grow as jugglers, they have to understand that they will drop objects while they are learning. And, they will drop objects while they expand their reach. They know that is part of growing as a juggler.
I believe in growth. I believe in stretching one’s abilities. Although not a large proponent of multitasking, to a large degree, I do know that this is an important talent. One sought after today in the marketplace.
I noticed that if I’m multitasking various issues at the same time, one of them gets the majority of my attention and the rest during that moment have cursory attention. Does this mean that I will miss things? Will I drop things? Could something end up going undone? Sure, I’m only human. Surprisingly enough the same can be said of all humans who juggle or multitask.
We do not drop items on purpose, although it will, at some time, happen. At times, in business, we all need to juggle. We and the people we work for take that chance. The trick is…
Not to Take On More Than We Can Handle At A Given Time.
2 thoughts on “More Than We Can Handle?”
I liked this post a lot. It’s very important to remember that in any job there is an amount of juggling–especially management.
I like your comment and I agree. The higher into management you go, the more you end up juggling. And, the more you are in the spotlight. Everyone below looks up to you and everyone above looks to you and not those below who handle the nuts and bolts.