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Chapter 40. Limiting Interruptions

Because you have the opportunity to interact with so many different people, you are likely to have many interruptions. It is appropriate to limit your interruptions when they interfere with your work. Because of the nature of your relationship with your manager, you may find that he or she is the greatest source of interruption although there will be many others including peers, vendors, contractors, and other managers. Here are some tips for limiting interruptions:

Hold stand-up meetings. This eliminates unnecessary socializing. Do not sit down when you go into a co-worker’s office.

When a co-worker who visits often or takes up too much of your time comes into your office, stand up immediately.

Be assertive and learn to say “no” with tact and diplomacy. When you do say “no,” acknowledge the request, explain why you cannot accommodate it, and provide alternative solutions.


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