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Category Archives: Personal management

Streamlining Your Advisory Firm – From Fire Drill to Efficient

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There is so much to do in an advisory firm –following the markets and keeping up on economic developments, responding to client inquiries or preparing for client meetings and events, hiring and developing employees, working on the marketing message, ensuring technology is up-to-date… Lots to do and, most weeks, seemingly little time to do it in. Sometimes a firm can evolve into the fire drill mentality, where people are just running from one fire to another and trying to address the urgent, knowing they should focus on the less urgent, but having no time to do so. Things are getting done but people are worrying and wondering what’s being missed. Employees have less restful sleep at night, and can become very stressed and agitated during the day. While the work gets done, no one is at a high level of productivity and effectiveness – they can’t be. If this sounds…

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Part 2. Major Time Wasters: What Managers Can Do to Enhance Employee Productivity

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Time at work can be wasted in so many different ways. While some employees end up wasting time due to boredom or job dissatisfaction, others have simply never learned how to cope effectively with their workload and obligations. In Part 1 of Major Time Wasters, we discussed some of the common ways in which employees tend to waste time at work, as well as how their unproductive behaviors eat into the company’s bottom line. We also identified a number of strategies employees can adopt in order to help them increase their productivity; for example, getting better at prioritizing, minimizing distractions and streamlining routine tasks. While employees can take some steps to improve each day, it is also the manager’s responsibility to coach and motivate their staff. Many employees really want to bette themselves and become more efficient. Taking simple steps, such as were outlined in Part I, will eventually improve…

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On the Importance of Prioritizing and Defining a Desired Outcome

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Every day multiple things require our attention: projects that are due, recent developments in the office, last-minute changes, unexpected calls and emails from colleagues, bosses and clients, and the list goes on. A constant flood of information, requests, updates and demands doesn’t stop and wait for us to catch a breath, regroup and brace ourselves for more to come; we get frequently interrupted, frustrated and more and more overwhelmed by new and important additions to our already full plates. This may sound like mayhem to some, but to others it is just another day at work. So what do we do when there is so much that needs to be done? Trying to manage everything at once or as soon as it presents itself clearly doesn’t work. In fact, this strategy only leads to more frustration, stress, mental and physical exhaustion, and eventually to the mere thought of going back…

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How Changing the “Frame” Can Help Reshape Experiences with Colleagues

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Imagine the following scenario: You are assigned to a new team for a project and while most of your new teammates are easy-going and friendly people, one person seems somewhat disagreeable. When you are late to work by a couple of minutes, your colleagues don’t seem to notice or joke lightly about your tardiness, whereas this person tells your straight up that being late is unacceptable. Upon completion of an important assignment, you get congratulated by your teammates – except for this one person who after a quick “Good job” goes on to tell you about every single mistake you made and how it devalued your work. In a situation like this, you are tempted to think “That person always picks on me! He/she must hate me.” What happens next – whether you decide to confront your colleague or seek to avoid any contact with him/her, etc. – is going…

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End of the Year: Taking Inventory

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End of the Year: Taking Inventory For many businesses each year goes by and a “list” remains of the issues and goals they’d like to have addressed. For many though, the items stay on the list and just get moved from one year to another in the hopes that time will free up in order to address them. So, well in advance of the time to make a new year’s resolution, we offer some tips to ensure that you know what you need to do and are able to so clearly identify your goals, that you can then create a workable implementation plan and get things done in 2010! Start by doing this 4-step assessment:

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Doing More With Less

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Doing More With Less (or Managing Time When There Isn’t Enough of It) The chronic condition we observe in corporate America today is the “overload” factor experienced by all levels and all types of people. It seems that the work keeps coming, the staff keeps downsizing and the management still expects the same turnaround and quality as always. People feel frustrated, demoralized, depressed and angry that they leave each day feeling more behind in the work then when they walked in that same morning.

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Everyone Can Benefit From a “Coach”

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Everyone Can Benefit From a “Coach” Today the average manager doesn’t have enough time to work as directly with their employees as they should, or they’d like to. There simply aren’t enough hours in the day for meetings, decision-making, budget work and hands-on management of staff. But… everyone needs a coach, or a strong focused manager, to help the person improve and become better at what they do. The wave in coaching shows how pervasive this need really is in business today. People thrive when they know how they’re doing and they are given chances to improve.

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