Posts Tagged ‘Time management’

3 Reasons to Write it Down Before Action

March 18, 2013 Comments off

pencilLast week was full of surprises.  Teams converged to address a very sticky, emotional and difficult issue.  No surprise, it also involved money, faulty decisions and blame all around. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.

Due to the complexity of the issues involved, I decided to try to create a factual summary of the past and what led up to the present situation. I presented the timeline to all parties to help us all recast the sequence of events. By trying to remove emotion and script only facts along a timeline, we realized, like a lot of difficult decisions, many people and situations conspired consciously or unconsciously to bring us to where we were.  Reducing the facts to a timeline and having everyone agree on what happened quickly allowed us to move forward with the present challenge.  So, write it down, use the facts and you can gain:

1. Clarity

2. Perspective and

3. Build a reasonable plan going forward

The exercise allowed me to also see there was error with “my team” and “their team” – and once we took responsibility, it opened the door to collectively take responsibility and work together on solving what got us there.  We focused on the problem, not the people.  Try it sometime.


Top 3 Reasons to Reply with a Phone Call

November 17, 2011 Comments off

RE: RE: RE: RE: Or no reply at all?

Andrew Maynard recently wrote a parody on the e mail decision process. Called: Didn’t get a reply to your e mail?  This might be why:

We are all busy and buried with an amazing amount of media we choose to or not to manage on a daily basis and efficient time management might help us all out.  The CEO of Google was quoted on his preference to get off e mail and have an interactive conversation to put certain chains to an end.

Here’s 3 instances you might want to get on the phone:

1. There’s more than 5 RE:’s in the subject line

2. You catch yourself saying – I sent that e mail 3 days ago and they haven’t responded.  If it’s your “monkey”, it’s still on your back

3. The person puts the entire e mail conversation in the subject line – OK that’s a pet peeve of mine – but it gives me no room to respond and sometimes the Title gets truncated?

Outside of tongue and cheek or pet peeves, I normally get on the phone when it gets emotional in the content of the e mail.  You can do business on facts, but interpreting emotion in writing, correctly, on a compressed time schedule might lead the RE: Cycle the wrong way.

Have a Great Thanksgiving!

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3 Reasons I Surrendered to the “Blog”

August 24, 2011 Comments off

I surrender.  Welcome to Blogs R Me.  After coaxing – for many months – I was finally convinced.   So, I’m blogging for a purpose.  To provide relevant, entertaining content to grow you and your business.

Surrendering to anything that requires “more work” is always a stretch for me, particularly when it requires consistent effort. It’s finally made it to my weekly task list and I welcome your feedback.

So, why Blog?  Or more importantly, what signals should we use when making a decision and committing to it?  This could be for blogging, making a strategic next step, or taking on a challenging assignment:

Why Make a Decision to Take Action:

1. You hear it more than once and in multiple venues.

How often do you read the same advice, hear advice in conversation, or see it as “best practices”.  This alignment of various sources tells me I need to listen, evaluate and act.  It’s OK to wait, for me on blogging there was no timeline. Once I heard this advice enough times, it motivated action.

2. The action will not hurt.

Making this commitment will not hurt, actually it might just help me as we meander through growth ideas.  Asking this question encouraged me to make the effort.

3. You hear it more than once: “You’re good at this”

I write out of necessity.  I’ve apparently learned to do this fast, and well – I’ve been told. If I get encouragement to do something from numerous sources, I need to consider doing it. It’s not a talent unless you share it.  Think about that.

Growth is about making decisions and learning to make decisions better, and right for you, personally.

See you next week.  I’ll share my passion for the PIPELINE Entrepreneurial Program.

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