How many times have you been copied on emails you need not be involved in? Or brought into meetings you could see no value in attending or being a part of? And if the discussion were to go on, you are part of a long-standing thread that only brings on dread, avoidance and the ‘delete’ key.
If I respect your time or that of others, I bring the the idea or discussion only to the person I need to, and no one else.
In a business context, we do this on email and in meetings frequently because we think we ought to or because we are covering all our bases. If you think you ought to, check first. I am not referring to those people that have a right to be included or are required to be so. So ask them, and ask yourself, whether you need to include someone in a discussion.
We all have so much going on in our lives that we owe it to ourselves and to others, not to clutter it up with things that don’t involve us, are not of interest or within our realm of responsibility. Don’t you think so?
This is part of a series of 20 posts on How I Ensure I Respect Your Time.