Feed the Eagles

Posted on 08. Mar, 2014 by in Balance, Constructive living, Leadership

Eagles

A lovely story by Nilofer Merchant.

“When I was 20-something … I walked into my boss’s office, the division leader … I told him that I felt like on any given day I was facing a tsunami of things I could pay attention to, and there was no way I could work any harder to make stuff happen.

I was asking for more resources, as the answer. And he sat me down as he might one of his many kids and gave me this advice:

Feed the Eagles and Starve the Turkeys.

Feed the Eagles. There are only a few things that matter. Know what they are. And place your energy into them. They aren’t always right in front of you so you need to look up and out more.

Starve the Turkeys – lots of things are right in front of you … pecking around, making noise, and demanding attention. Because they are right in front of you, it’s easy to pay attention to them most and first. Ignore them. They will actually do fine without you.”

Sharing Stories, Deon