There are deadlines that are set in stone and then there are flexible deadlines. What do I mean by that? Let’s say that your executive has to give an important presentation on January 12. You are expected to have your executive’s PowerPoint Presentation and handout done and turned into the meeting host by December 12. From the meeting host’s perspective the December 12 is in stone; they need that information so they can appropriately incorporate that into their master list of actions and to reduce last-minute chaos which usually ends up in mistakes or shortcomings.
That December 12 date, many times, ends up being a flexible deadline because of the executive having last-minute preparations. Then the assistant calls the meeting host and requests an extension stating they just need a few extra days. The January 12 meeting is not flexible; your executive is scheduled to speak and bar any emergencies has to be present. That is a “set-in-stone” deadline.
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