September 12, 2007
The Joy of Interruptions
Yesterday I was asked
--what subtitle we should have on an upcoming book
--which chapter of a proposed book I wanted to photocopy and distribute for an upcoming publishing meeting
And that was just from the people who came to my door. That did not include the fifty-some non-spam emails I received or the miscellaneous phone calls.
So what am I to make of all these interruptions? What I make of it is that it is my job to be interrupted.
In my mind, one of the main responsibilities I have as supervisor of the editorial department is to help everyone else get their work done. I keep my door open 90 percent of the time just for this purpose. If I can help people be productive and get their work done, then I've had a good day.
Certainly that's not the entirety of my job. I need to be proactive on a number of fronts, so occasionally I am not available to be interrupted because I'm out of the office or I've closed my door. But I try to make myself as available as possible to help others do well because if they are succeeding, I am succeeding.