Take time to lead

October 2, 2011 (from San Diego) In my September 24th blog, below, I wrote about the lack of timely communications between managers and employees. I also noted one budgeting calamity that occurred due to that lack of communications. At the national level one only needs to watch the EPA on one side in North Dakota nearly strangle petroleum production and the President on the other side bemoaning the dependency on foreign oil on one other side. When key stakeholders are not managing the same conversation in the same way people will become confused. When people are confused costs rise and productivity dwindles. At the individual level I often hear and read that the manager does on have time to properly connect with the employee even though the connections that do not happen will have consequences, some of which are huge. Two time saving schemes have limited value: 1. Squeezing more into an already topped off schedule. 2. Multitasking Trying to get “it” all done is illusive and stress inducing. Ask anyone including yourself. Two time savings schemes that have better value: 1. Put all tasks you are going to do on your calendar. You can only do what you are doing at any point in time. 2. Manage your calendar entries with regard to priority and your own work dynamics. You will become a person of integrity. 1. What you say you will do, will get done. 2. Put those partnering meetings on the calendar based on your work dynamics. The meetings will happen, the employees with get better at what they do. 3. Errors will diminish and productive results will flourish. 4. Try using your calendar better, you will be blessed. October 2, 2011 (from San Diego) In my September 24th blog, below, I wrote about the lack of timely communications between managers and employees. I also noted one budgeting calamity that occurred due to that lack of communications. At the national level one only needs to watch the EPA on one side in North Dakota nearly strangle petroleum production and the President on the other side bemoaning the dependency on foreign oil on one other side. When key stakeholders are not managing the same conversation in the same way people will become confused. When people are confused costs rise and productivity dwindles. At the individual level I often hear and read that the manager does on have time to properly connect with the employee even though the connections that do not happen will have consequences, some of which are huge. Two time saving schemes have limited value: 1. Squeezing more into an already topped off schedule. 2. Multitasking Trying to get “it” all done is illusive and stress inducing. Ask anyone including yourself. Two time savings schemes that have better value: 1. Put all tasks you are going to do on your calendar. You can only do what you are doing at any point in time. 2. Manage your calendar entries with regard to priority and your own work dynamics. You will become a person of integrity. 1. What you say you will do, will get done. 2. Put those partnering meetings on the calendar based on your work dynamics. The meetings will happen, the employees with get better at what they do. 3. Errors will diminish and productive results will flourish. 4. Try using your calendar better, you will be blessed.

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