I sent my 3rd follow up email today. It read:
Sorry to bug you again. Will you be able to get this done today?
If I don’t hear back from you today, I’ll see if [name] can take care of it.
The person who accepted this assignment is a yes man. He is enthusiastic, a go-getter, a roll-up-my-sleeves kinda guy. He loves the immediate gratification of giving someone the answer they want: “Yes, I’ll do that for you.” And he couldn’t stand seeing their hearts broken.
So now he’s buried under three or four full time jobs and will never get it all done.
Do the hard work up front. Disappoint people now by being honest. Give them a chance to find someone who actually has a shot at getting it done.
Don’t worry, the world will spin without you.