Think before you work
People often ask me to describe what it means to be strategic.
The first and most fundamental step to being more strategic is to simply think before you work.
And an even more clear way to say this is that if you just accept a task or a project and start working on it without thinking about it, that’s a pretty good definition of being NOT-strategic — trying to do everything equally as it comes in. Read More “How to Instantly Be More Strategic”
Can you be too hands off?
Someone recently asked me a question about delegating…
We spend a lot of time thinking and talking about how to delegate without micromanaging. But what about the other side? What about being too hands off? Read More “The other side of micromanaging”
SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE GET THE MOST HELP
In my experience, mentors have a bigger impact on your success than virtually anything you can do outside of your own efforts.
Building your career without mentors is like trying to climb Mt. Everest without a Sherpa and guide. Read More “Formal vs. Informal Mentors”
How does the idea of a scavenger hunt relate to business?
Think about how a scavenger hunt works. You get a list of random stuff that you have go find and do, and you need to show that you have collected those things and experiences. Read More “The Scavenger Hunt …”
This month’s webinar was on Increasing Team Performance.
This is a useful webinar to download if you want to:
Read More “Increasing Your Team's Performance”
- Develop specific techniques to manage high and low performers.
- Get some help on performance management issues.
- Get better outcomes when delegating.
What is time management?
Somebody recently asked me, “what do you mean by time management”?
My answer is this:
Time management is refusing to waste too much time on low-value, low-enjoyment activities.
There are two parts to it:
1. Identify what you should, or want to be doing
2. Read More “How well do you invest your time?”
Delegating is not just about assigning work.
Delegating is about making sure that the right work gets done at the right level, and making your team more capable.
As a leader, you always need to think about building a more capable team. Read More “Failure is the key to delegating”
Who is helping?
One of the CEO’s I am working with on a business transformation said to me about his managers,
“No, he won’t actually help solve the problem, he is more of a reporter.”
Think about your behaviors. Read More “Shoot the Messenger”
The big idea…
If I could offer one idea that will have a huge impact on your success and your satisfaction with work, it would be that you give yourself time to think.
(you can stop reading here if you accept that point!)
When do you think? Read More “Time to think”
What is a good succession plan?
I find it interesting is that most companies do one of two extremes when it comes to succession planning:
1. Nothing at all
2. A very cumbersome process with lots of documents and checkpoints for multiple candidates which never amounts to anything. Read More “Take my job, please”