It’s not easy to ensure your work has an impact. For starters, you need to know what’s actually important. What’s the one thing that can help your organization make real progress? And then comes the really hard part: convincing your manager. Not exactly a walk in the park.
When I talk with people about why we have trouble working on what’s important, I get the same answers: I don’t have enough time, my boss has other priorities for me, or I don’t have that kind of freedom at my job.
A lack of freedom in particular is something a lot of people run up against. If the boss would just have more faith in folks, give you more freedom, and stop micromanaging, it would lead to better results, greater accomplishments, and more of an impact.