Saturday, June 28, 2014

Management Success Tip: Be A Skilled Decision Maker

Category: Management Styles, Management Effectiveness, Productivity

Master The 4 Key Decision Making Styles

Management entails a lot of decision-making in a variety of situations.  There are four key decision making styles: spontaneous, decisive, methodical and inclusive.  

An effective manager is able to respond to the need of each situation with the best decision making style. Be aware of your natural default style and train yourself to use the others where appropriate.

Of the 4, what you identify as your natural decision making style?

Can you identify the natural style of each of your team members?

Coaching tip - Evaluate a variety of situations in which you’ve made decisions and ask these questions:
  • What style did you use?  
  • Was that the best style of that situation? 
  • How could you have made a decision differently?
  • What style(s) would you like to develop?
  • Do you know of any situations now that you could use to do so?

I recommend you print this post, do an honest evaluation and I guarantee you, you'll find your 1% in those answers.

Bonus tip: You can manage and coach people more effectively when you are keenly aware of their decision making style.  Be aware that this can also be a source of conflict within a team.

This blog is based this book. In it are actionable idea on being a better manager: The 1% Edge - The Workbook - Power Strategies to Increase Your Management Effectiveness

Friday, June 20, 2014

A Productivity Tip - Master Your Moments

Your morning moments could make all the difference...
Category: Personal Productivity, Time Management, Self Management

I woke up this morning after being up rather late and knew that it was a crunch day.  Within the next 24 hours I’d need to hop on a plane and be out of the office for the next few days.  In those few moments I felt slightly pressured and overwhelmed which lead to a bit of emotional and mental confusion, (by the way, I call this “brain fog”).  What should I work on first?....what could wait until Monday?

I could have just barreled in, but time was precious I needed to work on what was most crucial.  I realized I couldn’t let the pressure “pressure” me into the wrong decision.  So, I decided to take a 5 minute mind clearing break.

I gave myself permission to step away from my desk, move into a physical space where I could clear my mind. Ah….a breakthrough!   Just giving myself permission to  step away helped my mind to calm down and my emotions to come to neutral. In the clarity of that moment, I was able to get a better view of what was crucial and what was not. 

Did you ever think that an effective time management strategy is not to do anything?...well at least for a moment...that in the not doing, you'll end up doing more!

Honestly, I've had days where I didn’t do that first thing in the morning and ended up working on the wrong things at the wrong time. In those cases, a few critical things fell through the cracks; it wasn’t pretty.

What I’m describing is the power of a moment…a moment you take in the morning to gain clarity on the day that could make all the difference. I’m calling it the morning mindset.

You know it’s just harder to work in a fog; it takes more energy and the quality of your work may suffer.

So let me recommend 2 practices: “the morning mindset and mastering your moments. These truly are two great 1% edge practices that can net big results!

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Other readings on Kindle & Nook:
Declutter Your Life From The Inside Out
Your Life Through the Lens of Time - The Interview

Thursday, June 19, 2014

What Can a Glass of Water Teach You About Stress?

 A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?” Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.” Remember to put the glass down.

This blog is based on this book. In it are actionable ideas on being a better manager: The 1% Edge - The Workbook - Power Strategies to Increase Your Management Effectiveness