It is your performance review meeting.
You accomplished almost everything you were assigned to. However, you were not able to confidently put your feet down and emphasize the value you created for the organization because you missed out on an important commitment.
You had several reasons for not living up to your commitment but still, your boss concludes that all those reasons were mere excuses.
Your boss is generous enough to provide you one more chance to prove yourself again but the momentum is lost as it is now going to take some more time to get back on track.
You are wondering when you had genuine reasons, why the hell your boss was not able to understand it? Is your boss jerk or something?
Actually he’s not. It’s your communications problem, instead.
You didn’t convey the right information at the right time. You knew that you were struggling, you had got another priority work and you were not able to live up to the commitment you had given to your boss.
But you kept quiet. And you are paying the cost of that silence.
If you had handled it the other way, things would have been different. At the very moment, you discovered that you will not be able to live up to your commitment, if you had informed your boss that you will not be able to make it, and you require more time to fulfill your commitment, your boss would have understood.
If you fail to communicate in time it’s a problem. If you fail to recognize that you have a problem, it’s a bigger problem.
If you work in the corporate world and fail to communicate the right thing at the right time, it could be considered a crime. You might be punished for the non-communication.
Instead, choose to overcommunicate. Overcommunication simply means: when you think you have communicated enough, communicate once more.
Overcommunication is a new communication and now everyone expects it.