Ten tips for more time

Top ten tips for managing your time

We all don’t have enough of it, waste it and look for more of it, time is valuable
Thinking time is often what we miss as our 24/7 instant life and work styles push us into doing unproductive work

1. Put yourself on a schedule and stick to it

2. Establish deadlines for getting work done, divide this into small chunks

3. Start a time journal, it helps you see where it goes

4. Take breaks it stops you being over tired and unproductive

5. Close up shop at the end of the day, mentally turn off

6. The shortest minute saving word is “no”

7. Say no “to got a minute” phone calls

8. Don’t waste time on jobs that don’t get you anywhere

9. Do it now

10. Pay attention to your peak energy times

Getting to the heart of the matter

profileSo it’s that time when you’ve returned from holiday feeling sun tanned and skint, hoping the rain will ease off long enough for you to show off your tan and the back to work where its all the same as before.

For most organisations holidays are something that takes you away and interrupts the flow of business, do they really!

Time for reflection, contemplation gaining some perspective are always welcome in our busy overcrowded lives.

In the work faster, harder, leaner, meaner environment what really happens to us we become more job title and less human more protective less trusting more divisive and less welcoming.

Getting to the heart of the matter is more than just a phrase its a way that leads you forward, lets you be you and enables corporate life to be lived to the full.

Many on my recent blogs have been around the theme of trust either of others, how to develop it in organisations or recognising when it exists or not for people within organisations.

So how to begin?

Remember when you were curious and creative

Take a deep breath and put aside the politics

Start the day with a fresh outlook and look out for what comes your way!


So how do questions become powerfull?

So let’s take a step back from questions to understand the context of coaching conversations

I tend to see coaching as

The art of enabling, encouraging, enhancing effectiveness and effort to create a purposeful outcome (Peter Mayes 2013)

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So powerful questions should aim to

  1. Create curiosity in the listener, its about them
  2. Surface underlying assumptions, gets to the heart of the matter
  3. Invite creativity and new possibilities, new perspectives
  4. Stimulate reflective conversation, stops them in their tracks creates a stopping or slowing
  5. Is thought provoking immediately and afterwards
  6. Generates energy and forward movement, a change of state
  7. Clearly and explicitly expressed from the heart with metaphor and meaning

image-corp-sub-smiling womanThe key question is who is the question being powerful for? the coach or the client?

Breakthrough in leadership: What makes this managing and leading stuff so complex and difficult?

A belated July 2014 newsletter

Well partly it’s them and partly it’s you!

Now what we need is some really complex models to help become even more confused and unable to do something.

Yes I know I here you cry some really helpful and they make complex things simple well complex thing aren’t simple they are complex for a good reason lots of factors influence them. However complexity is to be embraced and worked on so it becomes clearer and easier to work with.

Having had the opportunity, time and drive to read a whole host of leadership books over a number of years to become more aware see what’s out there and become enlightened I was becoming dimmer by the book.

Many of the books I enjoyed at the time and will probably read some more in the future as learning is a wonderful thing.

So how to create your own model of the leadership world first decide how many squares and or triangles you want in it to represent the parts of the organisation and or people in it. Then classify them by some name, animals are good especially primates its taken us years to evolve so what not go back there.

Next ensure that they link up in some way, so you can show the benefits of good and bad team types.

Now assign some colours to each part red for dysfunctional one and green and blue for ones that are working well.

There you go, your own model of leadership

To get the very best from someone take a moment to think like them, be like them and inhabit their view of the world.

Be as clear with them as you can help them to succeed and show them what is required needed wanted desired.

Stand back and then get on with something you should be doing for yourself.

When leading be your self being at your best show do this by using your eyes, ears and voice in a way that the your true meaning is communicated, so the ten commandments when leading are (well not really commandment but what gets the followers to follow and team to get along).

1) See clearly when you look for direction and meaning
2) Hear correctly when you listen to others
3) Think clearly when you speak, then speak with passion and purpose
4) Inquire critically when you doubt others and yourself
5) Show respect when you challenge others
6) Maintain calm when you are challenged by others
7) Consider consequences of the actions when you decide
8) Create desirable outcomes when you work
9) Do what is right when you act at the right time., appropriately
10) Know when to give credit and when to step aside

Some contrasting thoughts by the great and the good

“Leadership is getting ordinary people to do extraordinary things: and there’s a hell of a difference between the two.” Sir John Harvey-Jones.

“A leader shapes and shares a vision, which gives point to the work of others” Charles Handy.

“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked it’s defined by results not attributes” Peter Drucker.

“Self-awareness is central to being a successful leader” Kouzes & Posner “The Future of Leadership”.

And in a wider sense “You are only a thought away from feeling differently” Nick Kemp.

So keep learning, keep leading, keep discovering the things that get in the way and keep searching for the right questions to overcome them.

As a fellow questioner I would be delighted to help you uncover your own unique leadership way.