Thursday, August 5, 2010

'Sorry, I Forgot' Is Not A Good Response

Forgetfulness is commonly seen among people nowadays since the days are becoming busy for us as time moves on. I don't see everybody remembering their commitments and completing them in time and rewarded with compliments. Whenever I delegate a work to someone and ask for a positive response, his/her reply would be, "sorry, I forgot to do it". I don't think this as a very good answer for a person who had trusted you and awaited your response for sometime. Time is precious and people need to understand it and act accordingly. Leaders should never fell for forgetfulness. It is highly dangerous, which can spoil your name and fame and in turn stop others from trusting you. Trust is one of the main leadership qualities. You must be
 trusted and people should think that, if you are given a work, you would finish it perfectly within deadline.

If your boss allocates ten to fifteen tasks in a week, and at the end of the day, you cannot say forgetfulness as a reason for failing to complete a task. That would show your complacency, even if it was not intentional. He will lose trust on you. You will lose your points, and that will reflect in your performance report. You may be labelled 'incapable'. There are still a lot of impacts for being forgetful. So, if you want to be a leader, you need to be aware of this enemy and try not to let him win you.

If you think, you forget often, then a good practice would be to write down all your tasks in a notepad with the status of the task beside each. If you have ten tasks to do, list out all the ten and write 'pending' beside each task. Number the tasks according to priority from 1 to 10 with 1 representing a task with highest priority. This will give you clarity in deciding which task to do first, second, third etc.  Once you complete a task, change the status from 'pending' to 'done' or 'completed'. This approach will give satisfaction to you and gives you confidence once you move on after completing a work. You can visibly see your progress written in the notepad. This will also let you complete all your tasks in time and thereby brings you a good name.

In his book, 'Thirukkural', the great Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar says,
Persistent menace of penury destroys wisdom;
forgetful complacency kills renown.
He says, as prolonged poverty destroys one's knowledge and wisdom, forgetfulness spoils one's fame. His comparisons are always beautiful and useful.
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