Steps to Management Success – Step 133: You Will Get Aggravated—Plan on It

Written By Rick Frishman Published April 15th, 2010

STEP ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-THREE

You Will Get Aggravated—Plan on It

In making decisions, many people overlook signs that indicate that their choices could be the source of major aggravation down the road. Aggravation can be a killer: it can sabotage schedules, block initiatives, monopolize valuable time, and prevent you from making the best judgments. Before making important decisions, consider the aggravation factor. Specifically ask yourself which of your options is most likely to give you a real headache?

WHAT IT MEANS: Aggravation produces stress, and like a virus, it can insidiously seep into all aspects of your life. It can disrupt your business and spill over into your personal life. As a result, it can alienate you from bystanders who innocently drift into your line of fire. Aggravation, and the stress it may cause, can dim your focus and drive you into making decisions for the wrong reasons.

ACTION PLAN: Train yourself to identify situations that have the potential to trigger subsequent trouble. Make it a standard part of your decision-making process. Trust your instincts; if you get the slightest inkling that an aggravating situation might arise, stop and evaluate the matter in greater depth. Analyze it in terms of the worst-case scenario by asking what is the greatest damage that could occur and estimating how much it could cost you. Then, if you still wish to proceed, you will have identified the risks you could face.

EVEN BETTER: Chose the less aggravating alternative, even when it’s more expensive. Eliminating such annoyances can add years to your life! Balance the additional amount you would have to pay to avoid aggravation against the liability you might incur under the worst-case-scenario analysis. Exposing yourself to aggravation in order to save money can be a costly gamble.

(Excerpted from: 10 Clowns Don’t Make a Circus. . . and 249 Other Critical Management Success Strategies by Steven Schragis and Rick Frishman)


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