Have you ever had to work with someone who is always late to get the work in, and it’s always someone else’s fault? Perhaps they were supposed to have brought something for a meeting and were unprepared, but it was because someone forgot to remind them. Do you know someone like that who uses alibis on a frequent basis?
What about the parents who tell their child to do something, and by the time they have gone through all the reasons and rationalizations they could have done it themselves? Sometimes they do because it’s easier, and sometimes they don’t because they’re good parents. Why are they good parents? Everyone knows actions form habits, and the child will eventually learn to complete a task without instruction by practicing.
Going back to the first paragraph, the person who appears unreliable, can you imagine the childhood? Did this person do as instructed, or have a tantrum until the adults gave in? I’ll bet you can tell. Is it too late for these people? Absolutely not! What one needs to remember is that while a hundred and one excuses can be given for an incomplete or a late assignment, it’s time for a reality check.
By accomplishing the task, and making room for more and better, not only can the person feel as if something is being complete but will appear better than others, undoubtedly reaping rewards from superiors. Who knows? Perhaps by finishing the job, a desk with a view is in the cards. They certainly won’t be giving the promotion to the one who forgot to bring the presentation!