Last Updated Apr 2, 2010 8:08 AM EDT
As first this seems like a Herculean task. You have to consider deadlines, difficulty, your degree of passion and skill for the project, and whether your participation impacts others. But before you go digging out your college math text to come up with some complicated algorithm to decide which requests to accept and which to reject, Peter Bregman, CEO of Bregman Partners, a management consulting firm, has posted a simple suggestion on the HBR blogs.
He writes: "I propose a little test that every commitment should pass before you agree to it. When someone comes to you with a request, ask yourself three questions." What are they?
- Am I the right person?
- Is this the right time?
- Do I have enough information?
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