Sixty minutes and one cup of coffee can be dangerous! This just in from the wonderful Martine Harris. Thank YOU Martine!
Thanks for today Richard. I feel told off, encouraged, and perhaps slightly scared! You managed to get straight to the point and I feel re-energised. I didn’t expect to get this much out of just one hour over coffee!
Expect the unexpected!
Yes, you get the ‘productivity’ thing, and you are always looking for ways to work smarter on your competing priorities, to give yourself an edge.
Chances are, you are delivering your results within a high interrupt, high volume, high velocity workload. You have most definitely put some useful tips, tricks and hacks into your workload management methodology. You are probably winning, although, sometimes, it doesn’t feel like it.
You already know this next point, but I’d like you to think about it for a little while longer than you have in the past: [click to continue…]
The count closed on 31st December 2015. All the evaluations from the Working Smart training programmes were collated and cross-checked. The results are impressive! Especially as they are measured up to a month after the training day! Results you might want to make real in your life You can achieve these results!
Just received this marketing email from a well known insurance company. Someone should have proof read before hitting send to their client database!
Where do you stand in the ‘Manager = Good / Leader = Bad’ debate? Or is it ‘Leader Good / Manager Bad?’
Is the stuff that gets pushed, especially in social media, a help or a hindrance? Especially to first time, first line managers?
And, to what extent does this divide risk businesses being over-leadered and under-managed by enthusiastic, first time bosses anxious to be doing the right thing? [click to continue…]
Remember friends, a moment of reflection informs, renews, re-equips and refreshes our core. That’s why it is important, in wonderment, to Stop!
Stop often; even when the day speeds by in a blur, even when the sound of deadlines are whooshing through your ears, even when the adrenalin of excitement or anxiety is coursing through your veins, even if you think you don’t have time to think ….. STOP.
For it is in our reflections that we make sense of the world and our place in it.
Most people don’t learn from experience, the ruthless reality is that most people knowingly repeat their mistakes. The truth is that we really learn from reflecting on our experiences.
Reflection helps stop us jumping to conclusions
Reflection helps stop us getting stuck in analysis paralysis
Reflection helps stop repeating mistakes
If you would like a free resource from me on building reflective thinking into a deliberate ‘Learning from Experience’ process that you can use every day, just ask and it is yours!
My thanks to Brian Hilligas for use of his great photo of Rodin’s Thinker
On September 22, Microsoft released Office 2016 for all new Office 365 subscribers, whether they want it or not. That’s OK, Office is a great product and new subscribers will be looking at how Office 2016 will integrate with their existing productivity and workload management tools before renting.
How about existing subscribers, though, who already have their current version of Office tightly integrated with their other productivity tools? Microsoft will be pushing the updated version to them in October. Here is how to control your own update schedule….. [click to continue…]
We are great at complicating things, aren’t we? Us humans. Especially in business.
I was particularly struck by this during a conversation today at a networking breakfast when somebody was talking about something very complicated involving international teams of MBAs, Professional Advisors, IP Licencing and assets spread across multiple business entities. All of which is, no doubt, right and relevant but of no real interest to me. Not at that time anyway.
I turned to my friend Steve Coburn and we agreed that business can be very straightforward. [click to continue…]
LinkedIn’s recent U-Turn on YOUR contacts makes this important. Here are 2 important things you must be aware of and do something about if you want to work smarter with your LinkedIn account.
This may have passed you by but a few days ago LinkedIn changed the way it allowed us to download a copy of OUR contacts from its platform. This caused an entirely understandable, furious response from ‘Members’ which resulted in a humiliating U-Turn by LinkedIn. Work smarter with LinkedIn
One of the reasons I love my business is the wide range and large number of outstanding people I work with every day. John Gill is one such outstanding individual, he is the MD of Uvex UK and the very worthy winner of the IoD Surrey sponsored ‘Director of the Year’ award in the 2015 Toast of Surrey Business awards. I have had the pleasure of supporting John and his team for a while now.
Here is an edited summary of 3 broad leadership themes from an interview I had with him in my capacity as IoD Surrey committee member, shortly after his wining the award. I hope you find it useful. 3 leadership lessons……