Be Focused On What Matters

Be Focused On What Matters

I've had a really great year. For those that know me that might be surprising given all the turmoil and change I've faced over the past 13 months, but let me assure you it's absolutely true. Despite all the changes and challenges I've experienced one of the most rewarding years of my life, and I believe that outcome is exactly because of the challenges I was asked to face. Too often as we cruise through our lives, adding new responsibilities through promotion at work or through the growth of our families at home, we unconsciously continue to add to our load without consideration for our own capacity. When we take on a new role we seldom jetison all of our old behaviours that made us successful previously, and as we add new responsibilities at home we don't think about the things we need to stop doing to be able to be successful in our new responsibilities. (more…)...
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Snakes and Ladders

Snakes and Ladders

In "First Things First", Stephen Covey categorized work into a four box grid aligned to the "importance" of work and the "urgency" of that work. the clear motivation is to stop doing those things that are both not urgent and not important. Second we need to have the strength to stop doing the things that are urgent but not important. With the unimportant tasks eliminated we need to look at where we are spending our time to most effectively move our organizations (and lives) forward. The pace of competition and life in general seems to be increasing at an exponential rate over the past several years, and at the same time our organizations have been under severe productivity challenges. The result is that in many cases we are being asked to generate increasing returns with fewer staff to do the work. Given this landscape is it any surprise that more and more when I am talking with other leaders they are lamenting...
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