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Carl Robinson, Ph.D. on Leadership Store Jun 16, 2011
 
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Carl Robinson, Ph.D., Managing Principal
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Seattle, Washington
206-545-1990
carl@leadershipconsulting.com

In This Issue:

Stop Managing Your Time!

Become a Better Boss Today


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Stop Managing Your Time!

 
You may have read books about efficient time management. You may follow one (or more!) time management gurus, and you just put down the notebook or to-do list for today, while working to maintain your time management system. 
 
Pause to embrace the simple points we're giving you here.  You may even breathe a sigh of relief and find that at the end of the day today you have been productive and your day has gone smoothly.  Imagine it-productivity without the bumps in the road! 
 
Determine the difference between urgency and importance. Look critically at the last week. What caused the most stress in your environment? Was it the urgent matters, or the truly important matters? This critical step will help you feel more in control and will give you a greater sense of direction; living in crisis mode is a distraction from the greater goals you have as a leader in your organization.
 
Decrease the number of urgent matters that cross your desk.  This one may sound unrealistic, but consider it a long-term project. Start investing now and you will see the returns in the coming months. For example, identify the top five urgent matters that you are typically faced with.
 
Spend the time to create a buffer between you and the “crisis” that crosses your desk. This doesn't mean that you leave it unsettled. You may choose to train team members to handle these types of seemingly urgent matters. Perhaps they could each take one on, or at least be a "spear-carrier" for you.
 
Delegate! You've heard it said before, and here it is again. A critical part of leadership is coaching others, which, in turn, includes delegation. Why not take advantage of this and give someone else a chance to work on some of your projects?
 
Be honest with yourself—is it possible that you are holding on to them, because of your sense of ownership, or for other reasons? You will find that you can “think big” when your mind is not cluttered with daily issues.
 
Recreate Your Schedule. Create a new schedule for this week. Begin by filling in what is important. This will help you make it a priority. Seemingly urgent matters can often be blocked into a particular time slot in your day. This takes away their “urgent” nature, and gives them the true attention they deserve.
 
If you follow all of these steps together, you will find a gradual but important shift in your time (and your life) in the upcoming months.


Become a Better Boss Today

 
When was the last time you took stock of your professional role, priorities and ability to influence others at work? What changes have you made in your management style that made you more effective? Have you tried anything new lately?
 
We all want to be in the "good boss" category, but what can you do to get there, and use your "good boss" status to strengthen and grow your organization?  Here are some simple shifts you can make right now.
 
Practice being happy to see people at work. Start to greet your own subordinates and other employees by name, and make sure they know you are glad to see them, even as you pass them in the hallway. Consistently taking this one step will round the edges off of the next situation you need to address.
 
The people you don't directly manage, work with or work for are often the most critical in solving a cross-departmental situation or in bringing your name up in a positive light.
 
Keep yourself from being reactive. When an employee shares a situation with you, don't make the assumption that your input or help is needed. Make a point of asking if they would like you to take action or if they are just seeking your empathy. If empathy is called for, listen actively and give them the encouragement they seek.
 
If action is being requested, make a conscious decision whether you want to get involved, or if your time is better spent counseling the employee and sending them on their way to give it a try on their own.
 
In short, resist the urge to get involved in everything. Sometimes holding back will give you the time and space you need, and will help your employees grow in new ways.
 
Get buy-in where possible, but sometimes you need to make the call. It is common management knowledge that your results will be better if your team buys in to the plan, project or decision that it is faced with. Authentic collaboration is priceless, right? The fact is, sometimes you can't spend the time and energy it might take to rehash the decision that needs to be made.
 
Give the team members the opportunity to get involved with a solution, but if it doesn't happen, don't over discuss the topic. Put it to rest. You are the boss, and sometimes it makes the most sense to get the team moving on a plan or solution more than it does to get their vote of approval.
 
Use these take-aways to revamp how you interact with others, spend your time and determine your team's priorities.


This Month's Featured Product

Legendary Leaders Only!

What is "legendary leadership"? It can be defined simply as leadership that is remembered. These 25 activities are designed to ensure you are remembered as a good--or even great--leader.
 
The number of people in the group you lead or the size of your organization doesn't matter. The book is organized around the qualities and abilities that enable a leader to effectively lead a few people--a large organization--or even a nation.
 
Whether you are a new or experienced leader, you will find development activities that cover a wide variety of skills that can help you reach your greatest potential. Do you need to work on dealing with demands on your time? Pacing yourself? Feeling comfortable in all your many different roles? Making difficult decisions? Understanding and capitalizing on your leadership style? You'll find just the right activity here.
  • How Do You Spend Your Leadership Time?
  • The "Plugged-In" Leader
  • Managing Sideways
  • Leading Outside the Box
  • Leadership Survival Skills
  • Collaborative Management 
The activities couldn't be easier to use. You'll get the purpose of the activity, description of the activity, time allotted, resources required, presentation instructions and a debrief. The 25 handouts--including assessments, questionnaires and charts--make this book even more useful. 25 Legendary Leadership Activities--challenging, fun and a must resource in your legendary leadership journey.
 
Find out more.


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