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Take Time to Work “ON” the Business – 3 Key Questions for Gaining CONTROL

September 17, 2014 by Leave a Comment

In the team coaching work that I do, I frequently see teams that are so busy chasing all the "stuff" that is the basis of their revenues or goals – what I call working "IN" the business – that they never find time to consistently and thoroughly work "ON" their business to improve how they do what they do. Working "ON" the business includes the many HOWs of managing the day-to-day flow of the efforts of everybody on the team. Russell Bishop wrote an interesting book on this subject, entitled Workarounds That Work: How to Conquer Any... Continue Reading

Slaying the Email Beast – A Radical Proposal

September 4, 2014 by 1 Comment

Several years ago I conducted a survey for a highly successful international Investment Banking team to better understand the impact of email communications on their team, especially regarding the time they spent using email and the perceived benefits.  Some of the key findings from this 200+ person team: 70% conservatively spent over 20 hours / week on email; They spent 1.4 hrs. / evening and 1.65 hrs. / weekend on email; 92% of people said others were distracted by multitasking when you spoke to them; 84% respond to email const... Continue Reading

Are You Afraid of Talking to Yourself?

August 27, 2014 by Leave a Comment

When you ask someone how things are going, how often do you hear "Super" or "Great" or "Really Well"? If your experience is like mine, the answer is "sort of". Because there is usually one word that follows "Super" or "Really" and that is "Busy", as well as "Insanely Busy" or "Ridiculously Busy". Are we actually that busy? For many people the answer is sadly, yes. We fill our time with work, exercise, errands and other duties and leave very little time for contemplation, reflection or just plain old pondering. Take for example the very a... Continue Reading

Email Do’s and Don’ts – Tips for Busy Executives

April 24, 2012 by 1 Comment

What lies in our power to do, lies in our power not to do. - Aristotle Email Do's: Keep in mind that for communication to occur, you have to have a sender and a receiver. Until the sender gets a response from the receiver of the message the communication link is incomplete. Since we are overwhelmed with email and other data, this highly efficient data transmission tool is NOT the most effective mode of communication. If you go back and forth more than two or three times on a topic, pick up the phone or schedule a phone call. You’ll get... Continue Reading