Leadership Tip: Give specific deadlines rather than saying ASAP

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“Can you get this to me ASAP?” This is a phrase that always makes me cringe.

We’ve all said something similar at some point. So, what’s the problem?

Well, it sets unclear expectations. The acronym “as soon as possible” is vague and lacks a specific deadline.

You may have meant within the next hour or at least by the end of the day. Yet, the person you delegated the task to may assume within a few days is sufficient.

Keep communication clear by giving a specific date of completion rather than saying “ASAP.”

It shows respect for the other person’s time, allowing them to confirm whether or not they have the availability to meet the deadline.

Plus, it gives you peace of mind that the task will be completed on time.


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