Leaders set action priorities for themselves and for their business; however, actions often become “fire-fighting” events to address emergencies rather than planned pro-active achievements. Most leaders are good at creating “to-do” task lists, but many are not so proficient at prioritizing that list. Take a look at your task list and see if you can put your items into three piles: 1) what will destroy the business if not done immediately, 2) what will hurt the business if not done soon, and 3) what would have marginal impact on the business if not completed within the next few weeks, and could potentially be outsourced. Now that the list is prioritized, focus on the items in the first pile and identify resources and actions necessary to accomplish the task. As you look at your task list for this week, think about what item belongs in which pile.

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