Do you ever over-estimate what you can do? I had back surgery last week and thought my recovery time would be a great time to complete this May President’s Letter. Well, it did not get done. After a week of a heavier level of pain pills than I like to take, I am starting my second week of recovery and am able to do more. Based on some of what I read and what clients tell me, the battle with time and priorities are a challenge to many of us. I thought it would be appropriate to include a couple of blogs regarding use of time this month.
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There has got to be a better way
In a WSJ article, there were some disturbing study results. “How Companies Are Putting Managers in a Bind; Businesses Are Giving Bosses New Responsibilities but Not Training Them for Those Roles” by Hermina Ibarra, found the most commonly used traditional support for learning was least effective. Most companies have very strained training budgets when the critical need for training is higher than ever and on a strong upward slope. [… more]
The Executive Brain Surprise
Recent research reported in the Wall Street Journal tells us much of what we think about how executives think is untrue. For example, tight deadlines are often thought to energize and motivate individuals and teams. The study found tight deadlines are usually counter productive and kill creativity and innovation.
New technology allows scientists to see what part of our brain is engaged in a variety of situations. The scientists are able to see what part of the brain we use to make decisions [… more]
iPhone Apps to help you feel safer
There are some new iPhone apps that may help you feel safer. The functions range from notifying friends with your location when you press a “panic” button to recording video and making loud noises. [… more]
It is not about the tasks!
One very successful CFO of a Fortune 500 company said “I don’t do anything anymore.”
He said that his day is spent in meetings and talking to people. Every day passes. He said, “I cannot point to any one thing I have done. When I was 32 years old, I knew I had completed a report or that the accounting books balanced and I could go home.” The fact is that being an effective leader it is not about the tasks! [… more]
Executive Presence and Interpersonal Skills
Your interpersonal communication determines how you are perceived in the workplace. And as an executive, your interpersonal communication determines the strength of your executive presence. The vast majority of executives whom we coach have very little idea about how they are perceived in terms of their communications. That’s the bad news. The good news is that [… more]
Avoid the “Heartbleed” Internet security issue
Change your important Internet passwords frequently, make them hard to guess, and use different passwords for each of your important websites like your bank. If you do that, you do not need to read further. Otherwise, [more…]
Video: Time Perspective for Understanding
A study by USA Today on use of people’s time found over 50% said they were busier than ever. They say they sacrifice the time with friends, family, and sleep for success. Asked what they would do if they had an 8th day every week, the answer was [… more]