Executive Time Management: How Time Management Changes As You Move From Middle Management To The VP/C-Suite Level
By the time you reach the upper tiers of management, you’ll certainly be an expert at organizing and managing your work day—but you’ll soon realize that things work a little differently at the C-Suite level. In particular, how you use your time and who you give it to undergoes significant changes. Priorities and responsibilities shift; sometimes subtly, often radically. There’s much more to do, and the ante is higher: your actions impact the organization in ways undreamt of before.
For those of you who manage others, let’s begin with a quiz to do a quick check of your micromanagement tendencies. Please read through these questions carefully and answer them honestly, yes or no. What’s true of you most of the time?
Attitude is your motivation, drive, and proactiveness.
The most effective people in any endeavor are those with a hard-working, positive, can-do attitude. Their attitudes exude the kind of passion that commits fully to a course of action and sees it all the way through. It’s infectious, and it keeps them and others in their team moving forward, even when the way becomes difficult.
Accountability recognizes that “the buck stops here.”
SuperCompetent people mean what they say and say what they mean. They’re authentic, and other people know this and appreciate them for it—and also for their refusal to blame others when unforeseen circumstances trip them up. Their intense focus on their values is borne out in their demeanor and their sense of personal responsibility.
ACCESSIBILITY is the ability to organize the inputs and outputs in your life.
This key gives you the systems you need to locate data contained in any medium:
paper, email, phone calls, contacts, Internet, etc.
This month’s article correlates to the third key in my book SuperCompetent: The Six Keys to Perform at Your Productive Best (Wiley): ATTENTION. Simply put, attention is the ability to concentrate and not get distracted.
If I could pick a single goal for everyone, it would be revamping those time-sucking meetings! Meetings can eat up your day if you let them. Ever seen the Dilbert cartoon about preliminary pre-meeting meetings? Does it feel like you’re stuck in that Dilbert cartoon and can’t get anything effective done? Well, you don’t have to take it anymore! Keep these things in mind when dealing with time-stealing meetings.