Your Small Imprecise Ask Is a Big Waste of Their Time

Imprecise asks from managers and leaders cause a disproportionate amount of turmoil and wheel-spinning. To combat this, leaders should be very precise with the amount of time investment they’re asking for when they ask for things.

I’ve had this experience as a direct report. As a manager, I tend to be a little too precise in my requests. I often prescribe the entire process. After reading this, I’ll try to adjust to being more precise about the amount of effort I expect rather than the exact process to take.