How short-sighted is your (personal) hierarchy?


What is the organization’s hierarchy?

  • Those at the bottom feel it as the ranking of power and authority.
  •  Those more than half way up (with ambition unfulfilled) know it as the order of status and rewards. Those at the top expect it to reflect relative importance.

We forget that the hierarchy also represents time:

  • The closer you are to the bottom, the more your actions create results that matter today.
  • The closer to the top, the more your decisions trigger effects that matter in the future.

Obvious, isn’t it? What’s not so obvious is how fear on the hierarchy makes us short-sighted.

If the reason you manage to hang onto your job only becomes clear years down the road, how will you behave today?

Do you have enough self-confidence and backers in high places to stay focused on the future?

Or will your insecurities and enemies force you to micro-manage in the present?