My Favorite Saying
By: Nicole Christie
“Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.”
My first job out of college was as an assistant to the sales team at an adult contemporary radio station. Like many entry-level employees, I was tasked with lots of “dirty work” and things that had to get done but were often left until the last minute by the sales reps. One afternoon, the national sales manager – who had taken me under his wing and serves as a mentor to this day – saw my distress as I tried to resolve one of these “urgent” issues. He took me into his office, closed the door, and made me repeat this great quote as a reminder that, although I may be the underling, I didn’t need to be underfoot. I went back to my desk, took a deep breath and returned the task to its rightful owner, citing “greater priorities at this time.” To my surprise, she didn’t argue. Invaluable advice from a great sage.