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Overcoming The 7 Deadly Time Traps for Leaders

In a recent Leadership Team Retreat we used a survey based on 7 Deadly Time Traps for Leaders. The biggest trap this team fell into was Acceleration and Overload. This was closely followed by Reactive and Busyness and Coaching Skills. We agreed these three areas were intertwined. These were creating a growing sense of frantic […]

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7 Deadly Time Traps for Leaders

Recently I was asked to speak at a CEO forum on strategic use of the CEO’s time. This was a great opportunity to review the common themes emerging from our  keynotes and workshops and leadership team retreats. These time traps apply to anyone in a leadership role, but especially to senior executives. How many of […]

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How to Conquer Digital Overload

A New Yorker cartoon shows two people standing at a bar having a glass of wine. One is peering over the top of a tall dog cone around his neck and explains to the other “It keeps me from checking my phone every two seconds.” The Information Overload Research Group reports that “knowledge workers in […]

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Effective Leaders are Proactive not Reactive With their Time

Time is the great equalizer. We all get exactly the same amount of it every day. What a leader does with his or her daily time allotment distinguishes good, bad, and extraordinary leaders. Many less effective leaders are sucked into the busyness trap trying to keep up with their daily deluge of e-mails and stream […]

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Effective Leaders are Proactive not Reactive with their Time

The most effective leaders are proactive, not reactive with their time management

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Email tips for Effective Leaders

How to manage your inbox - don't allow email to manage you!

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Why Smart Managers Master the Art of Listening Well

Being market-driven and customer-focused relies heavily on the ability to listen effectively to customers, and frontline employees.

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Why Most Change Programs and Improvement Initiatives Fail

Some change and improvement efforts have been hugely successful, others have been somewhat successful, and some ended up in the swamp. In reviewing the results, it is clear that a core number of execution problems or failure factors are common to all of the team, organization, and individual improvement efforts.

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Use Strategic Imperatives to Set Improvement Priorities

A key component of providing focus to an organization calls for leaders to identify "strategic imperatives" or "must-do's." There is only so much we can all give our attention to, so we need to ensure that we're aiming at high improvement targets that really matter.

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The Tyranny of the Urgent Can Cause Priority Overload

The tyranny of the urgent lies in its distortion of priorities. So we've got to choose — from all our long-range options, alternatives, and possibilities — to establish short-term goals and priorities.

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Successful Change and Improvement Needs Balanced Improvement Planning

Many managers confuse making changes within their organization with making changes to their organization. Both are needed. But they have to be balanced.

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Strategic Planning Smothers Innovation

Strategy is an interactive process focusing on improvement and implementation, but beware of common strategic planning traps.

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Strategic Measurements Guide Change and Improvement

Based on strategic measurements, changes are made and improvements initiated using process management, systems realignment, experimentation, pilots, and the like.

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Process Management Pathways and Pitfalls (Part Two)

Process management is an invaluable part of disciplined management systems. Discover the Process Management approaches that can help you to avoid the pitfalls and pave your organization's pathway to success.

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Process Management Pathways and Pitfalls (Part One)

Process management is an invaluable part of disciplined management systems. Discover the Process Management approaches that can help you to avoid the pitfalls and pave your organization's pathway to success.

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Pathways and Pitfalls to Setting Organizational Goals and Priorities

Discover the Setting Organizational Goals and Priorities approaches that can help you to avoid the pitfalls and pave your organization's pathway to success.

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Leaders Put Good Intentions into Action

Looking back, we can all point to times in our lives that seem wasted. If we fail to continuously grow, change, and develop, then precious life is wasted.

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Keep it Simple

Focus on three or four defined strategic imperatives, then execute and measure results.

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Goal Setting Can Limit Our Flexibility and Learning

Goals define what you want to have, not what you want to become. Goals are, however, targets that help us immensely in moving from a general vision to a specific set of priorities and actions.

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Pathways to Performance: A Guide to Transforming Yourself, Your Team, and Your Organization

Pathways to Performance: A Guide to Transforming Yourself, Your Team, and Your Organization

Managers keep searching for the sure-fire change and improvement path. But following the trendy and popular routes often lead them over a cliff or into dead-end canyons. Cutting through the buzzwords and theories, comes Pathways to Performance — a guide to help you, your team, and your organization blaze your own successful way to high performance.

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