Influencing Your Boss to Negotiate Unrealistic Deadlines

“I need the Q3 figures yesterday,” or “I want the unit price dropped by ten percent by next week’s quarterly review,” many of us have experienced the stomach lurch of panic when our superiors hit us with deadlines we know we can’t deliver to. When deadlines are set by management, it’s much more difficult to decline, push back and renegotiate. As employees you may find yourself stressed, working later, taking work home, defeated and somewhat less productive out of panic. The elusive dream of pushing back with “No thank you, I have other priorities.” is rarely a reality. Dan Carrison writes in his book