One of the most important things a leader can do is to help people stay focused. That means having the courage to say “no.” It also means having the willingness to protect the interests of your organization when people push back.
The Slippery Slope to Overload
People can wear you down by pointing out reasons why the idea can’t work, advocating for initiatives that would be more beneficial, and finding opportunities that could be seized. All of those reasons, initiatives, and opportunities could be important. However, leaders need to weigh the possible benefits against the potential drawback of overextending the organization.