Managing through interruptions

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Feb 2023

Management is inherently fragmented and reactive. Effective managers don't separate their daily work from their managerial work -- instead they leverage unplanned daily events, problems, and obligations to accomplish their managerial work.

For instance they might use part of a recurring status update meeting with execs to brainstorm ideas about hiring. Or they may assign a new hire to shadow an experienced engineer on an urgent issue to accelerate ramp-up.

Expecting spare time to become available is futile as it never will. You don't have to carve out time from important but mundane activities to do what you "should" be doing. Instead, use unexpected daily events, problems, and obligations as opportunities to do managerial work.

Paraphrased from "Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader".