Some time back I had a situation where two employees of mine were looking for me to cut them some slack on a commitment that they made but didn’t deliver upon. They threw every lame excuse in the book at me; it was one excuse of “my dog ate my homework” after another. After their lobbying me I decided to not cut them any slack; they didn’t meet a commitment because they didn’t perform. In both situations, I am pretty sure that both of these employees wanted to chuck me out of the highest window they could find. Well, I guess I'll just need to stay away from tall buildings, because I did the right thing.
Sure, most people like to be accommodating and cut an employee or team member some slack on a commitment. Just remember that giving an inch is a privilege and that if you start getting taken advantage of then stop giving the inch. Sure, someone may get torqued at you but at the end of the day you’ll be able to look at yourself in the mirror knowing you’ve done the right thing.
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