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A Fresh Look At An Old Topic – Are You An Exceptional Manager of Time?
A Fresh Look At An Old Topic
– Are You An Exceptional Manager of Time?
I’ve had the great privilege over the past few years to
conduct a professional development workshop entitled Organizational Strategies for the Overwhelmed. In this workshop I challenged the
attendees to look at the topic beyond “just another time management seminar.”
Here’s why. One’s ability to manage time translates into a
ripple effect of outcomes and subset of skills that are essential to individual
and company success. In fact I’ve suggested to many of my HR clients that time
management should be a standard component of employee orientation – it’s an essential skill to executing
business objectives and absolutely influences a company’s bottom line.
For sure someone skilled in time management is probably
skilled in other high value capabilities as well. When looking deeper, here’s
what else you may find:
1.The ability to make decisions quickly
2.The ability to process information and draw essential
conclusions in a timely manner
3.The ability to draw boundaries when interacting
with people no matter what context - whether it’s an interruption, phone call
4.Exhibits a strong and comfortable sense of self
5.Has a strong, clear sense of what the desired
6.Has a determination, a motivation to make it
7.The ability to manage emotions.
8.The ability to not allow minor, low impact
events to escalate
9.Possesses constructive collaborative rapport to
work with others to move a process along.
not allow themselves to get bogged down in the non-essentials.
ability to delegate directed or indirectly (this is an art by the way).
sensitive to the use of other’s time.
technology vs. being managed by it.
…and this is just the short list.
Ultimately effective time management is effective
self-management in the context of working with information (on and off line),
technology, and relationships to get the desired results.
In fact I call the above list and others a term that I
suggest we all use and that’s “profitable behaviors or capabilities.” When you look at how employees
behave in the workplace, I think it’s useful to frame them in this context,
“are they profitable or not.” The
ability to mange time in fact embodies multiple profitable behaviors.
So the next time you see a time management training of any
kind, consider the broader value.
It’s an opportunity to learn to leverage all the available tools to
create the personal and professional life you desire.
Additionally, if you are a training decision maker see it as
a non-optional component of your employee training and development repertoire;
see it as a high return on investment, profit nurturing resource for your