The only way to learn how many plates you can spin is to break some plates.The question of capacity guarantees failure.T.S. Eliot said, “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

The idea is scary, even if Eliot wasn’t thinking about managing projects or tackling stretch goals.The plate-drop problem:

You just handed another plate to a team member and you notice a perilous wobbler three sticks down.The only time to do someone’s job for them is during a crisis. But before you jump in, what if your poor management created or fueled the crisis.

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