CEO and Executive Coach
December 11, 2018
Are You Stuck in Solve Mode?
Effective Strategies For Using Your Strengths To Be More Productive
Additional Coaching Tips to Improve Your Productivity as a Leader
Ask yourself how your time is spent. In many cases, managers struggle with balancing their workload, their own projects, leading their team, and delivering what is expected of them. A classic Harvard Business Review issue, “Monkey On Your Back,” (originally published in 1974 and one of HBR’s best-selling reprints ever) addresses how managers often take on the problems or responsibilities of others, leading to lower productivity and lower engagement and motivation for all. In HBR’s reissue, Stephen R. Covey provided commentary on three kinds of management time:
Boss-imposed time (time used to accomplish activities your boss requires)
System-imposed time (time to accommodate requests from peers)
Self-imposed time (time to do those things you originate or agree to do)
Then, prioritize and control what you choose to do. Self-imposed time is where most managers have the most autonomy. Minimize the subordinate-imposed component by empowering team members to solve issues for themselves, freeing up time for boss-imposed and system-imposed activities.
Read Churchill’s article “Managers: Use Your Strengths To Avoid The Monkey” for more details on the HBR article, Covey’s commentary, and a detailed example of how manager Ted applied the process.
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For decades, Jayne learned to develop and engage leaders and teams in the corporate world and then went on to train as an Executive and Strengths Coach. During her corporate leadership tenure, she observed how much untapped talent existed and she is passionate about unleashing that talent for individual and organizational performance and growth. Jayne and her global Churchill team of over 200+ coaches and consultants partner with clients to provide solutions that build capability through harnessing strengths. Her certifications include: Executive Coach (PCC) Gallup CliftonStrengths®, Certified Team Performance Coach (CTPC™), Marcus Buckingham Co. Stand Out, PROSCI® Change Management Consultant and Conversational Intelligence®. Global clients include eBay, PayPal, AMEX, Cardinal Health, BMS, Biogen, Coca-Cola, and many more.
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