"My success, part of it certainly, is that I have focused in on a few things." Bill Gates
"If you have more than three priorities then you don’t have any." Jim Collins
Your time and energy are not infinite. This doesn’t surprise any of us, so why is it that too many of us don’t say “No” in the workplace when being given or offered a new task or project ? Sometimes we aren’t given an option (from the boss in most instances). It is certainly the social norm to take on whatever is offered up to us. And for many of us overachievers it may actually be welcomed. But what we are really doing when we say “yes” is saying “no.”
Nothing is more costly to an organization’s culture than a toxic employee. Research shows that rudeness is like the common cold — it’s contagious, spreads quickly, and anyone can be a carrier.
Dylan Minor, a visiting assistant professor at Harvard Business School, and Michael Housman, chief analytics officer at Cornerstone OnDemand, studied just how costly toxic employees are using a large dataset of nearly 60,000 workers across 11 firms in various industries, including communications, consumer services, financial services, health care, insurance, and retail.