Thank you everyone, for a great seminar and discussion this afternoon here in Hanover, NH.
Simply stepping onto the campus of Dartmouth, and walking toward the Tuck School of Business (wikipedia link here) is quite a powerful experience. Tuck was founded in the year 1900!
I planned to start at 5pm, and I had a filled classroom for the next 2 hours. Of course, I had built a presentation filled with activity, information and plenty of room for discussion. (If you’d like a PDF copy of the presentation, let me know!) To recap, here are some of the topics I covered:
+ People are different…and, that’s ok. In fact, that’s diversity! When I talk with clients about the importance of time management at the leadership level, many people want to know the answer to the question, “What should everyone do?” The real way of asking that question (which is a process question) should be, “What system should people use to manage their time, attention and action?” Since there is no one “right answer,” our seminar provides a glimpse into some of the very differences that affect (in both negative AND positive ways) individuals’ time management:
1) Communication Styles
2) Habits and Routines
3) Tools, Gear, Technology and Resources (remember I talked about Reqall.com – voice to text transcription)
4) Their networks
Taken alone, each of these areas constitute a significant aspect of a complete “time manager.” Put together, they make all the difference in the world. If you’re wondering what to do, now that you’ve seen, heard and experienced this information, here is an idea for each aspect:
1) Learn how those around you communicate, and how they prefer to consume information. By understanding if people are “noun or verb” oriented, and what kind of learning style (audio, visual, kinesthetic) they prefer, you can more easily share information and save time in the process.
2) What all DO you do by 10am? How ARE you using your tools and time? And, what IS something you do about once a month to get away from it all, creating that “gap” we talked about. Remember the importance of studying WHAT you do in order to find out HOW to do it more effectively.
3) Is there some gear, a tool or technology that you’re waiting to learn about? You know one of the fastest note taking devices in the world? (No? See below…)
4) Who do you know who? And, with a phone call, email or hand-written note, who could you reach out to in order to get more information about the projects you’re working on, groups you’re meeting with and careers you’re following? Remember those three pieces of advice from the TED Talk by Seth Godin. Here’s a link, if you’d like to see the whole thing:
* A super-fast note taking device: A digital camera. Try it out in your next few meetings.