Étienne Garbugli

Entrepreneur & Lean B2B Author

Stop fighting imaginary fires

By Étienne Garbugli | October 12, 2010 | 0 Comment

There’s 2 kinds of emergencies we have to deal with. Real and fake ones.

Real emergencies are real… and have varying levels of importance; there’s nothing else we can say about it. Fake emergencies, however, fall within 2 categories:

  • Emergencies we create. Eg. When we feel something should be or should have been done. Often times, no one else is waiting for what you think needs to be accomplished.
  • Emergencies imposed on us. Eg. When someone else feels you should be or should have been doing something. This can be a responsibility transfer, the consequence of someone’s self-imposed emergencies or just bad planning.

This last kind of emergency is harder to see because it often looks and feels like a real emergency.

Beware of fake emergencies (and self-imposed stress), it will drain your energy only to make way for the next fake emergency. Protect your time and stress level, learn to say « no ».

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Étienne Garbugli

Etienne works at the intersection of Technology, Product Design and Marketing. He’s a two-time Startup Founder, a four-time entrepreneur and a UX research expert. Etienne published Lean B2B: Build Products Businesses Want. The Lean B2B methodology helps entrepreneurs around the world build successful businesses.

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