It’s a workday, the alarm rings. What do you do?
Shut it off, and immediately get up? Hit snooze once, twice, maybe more?
If you feel like hitting snooze, I can relate. This entry is prompted by a compelling desire I had this morning to hit the snooze. But I’m flying to Portland today to deliver a two-day seminar on “Habits of Highly Successful People.”
First, how ironic would it be if I hit snooze, given my topic?
Second, I promised myself a long time ago, I wouldn’t have the first act of a business day be procrastinating something (like getting up.)
Now let’s look into some surprising insights that hitting the snooze button may tell you about yourself.
1. Commitment phobic
You may have had grand visions for your morning. You’re going to get up early, go for a quick run, jot a card to a friend, or write down your goals. (more…)
As a leader, you’ve experienced unique demands on your time and resources.
Let’s take a closer look at the impact of people wasting time at work and what you can do about it.
If you like seeing how the numbers play out, keep reading. If you’d like to skip ahead to the solutions, including 5 quick tips for what you can do about that, click here for the checklist “When Time Is Tight”.
In highly competitive markets, your company cannot afford employees who waste a lot of time. And yet, over 62% of employees admit to wasting between one hour to OVER three hours every day.
Depending on how many employees on your team, and their salaries, your company could be wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars by paying for time that’s wasted!
It’s time to be more aware of what weak time management is costing.
Imagine what it would mean if you could redirect all of your employees’ wasted time into valuable projects.
What’s wasted time costing your team’? (more…)
As a leader, you’re busy and the stakes are too high for you and the people you lead to be on a busywork treadmill with your attention too fractured to focus.
Here’s a simple, yet powerful way to take control of your time and energy starting today.
Lack of focus could derail a promising career
Kayla first became client when her Director at a leading healthcare company enrolled his entire team in one to one coaching with me.
“Kayla is a great leader,” Mike said. “She’s personable, clearly cares about our members and has a positive attitude. The biggest thing Kayla needs help with is keeping her commitments.”
Mike continued, “Kayla’s direct reports have shared with me that she comes late, misses, or constantly reschedules her meetings with them. I’m concerned if this doesn’t change, she may actually derail her career.”
You’re too important to be distracted (more…)
How to Capture and Keep Your Attention
In the healthcare industry, expectations are going up at the same time resources are not.
It’s more important that ever for you and those you lead to be able to use your valuable resource of attention.
Great news, you can actually train yourself to harness your attention and stay on task.
Here are five ways you can get focused fast so more of the right things get done.Start to finish
- Start to finish
- Count down
- Time it right
- Break it up
- Schedule it
1. Start to finish.
It’s important that you break up your tasks into chunks that you can start and finish during the course of the day.
As you work, think, “start to finish.” You’re work on that task isn’t done until that small piece is done. Have a bias towards action, and completion.
One of the biggest reasons you leave work feeling stressed and unsatisfied with your work, in spite of the fact (more…)
As a leader, you know how important it is to be able to guide your team through the turbulence that comes with constant change and uncertainty.
To positively influence them, they must be able to trust you.
For a real world example of how a leader regained her team’s trust, click here
Make sure your trustworthiness is on a solid foundation with this quick checklist.
This checklist benefits you if you are:
- Just promoted to lead people who were your peers
- On the wrong foot with your team and you need a course correction
- An outside hire, new to the team
- Low on credibility owing to a series of mistakes
- A well-respected leader always looking for useful tips for yourself and your team
A world famous magician and master showman,
Harry Houdini advertised many of his shows himself.
He did this by setting up shows in local jails.
Before coming into town, he contacted the local officials to put on his demonstration in a jail and invited local reports and photographers to capture the drama and excitement on paper and film.
Houdini would have himself locked in the jail cell, shackled in handcuffs, wearing not much more than a mischievous smile.
The consummate showman, Houdini would make a grand show of the task of freeing himself from his shackles, unlocking the cell door, and escaping at the final moment on the countdown clock.
Once freed to excited applause, he let the crowd and reporters know which in which theater he’d be performing even more exciting feats than these.
Because of this show, Houdini routinely played to packed houses.
Then, the unthinkable happened. (more…)