Monday, October 31, 2011

Manage Your Energy As Well As Your Time

I hear people saying, “I don’t have enough time.” As Mary Martin, a business owner in Holland, Mich., says, often what they really mean is they don’t have enough energy. As I coach, I first ask whether my clients feel engaged in their work. Then I ask about any family or health issues that may be preoccupying them. If there are some, I find out if there is any action they can take to resolve them. I also ask whether they are getting enough sleep, enough time at full rest and enough exercise.
These kinds of actions helped these leaders avoid the burnout that so often accompanies people in demanding roles. When you’re a leader, you don’t have to prove yourself with a superhuman effort or superhuman time commitment. Sustainability is more important. And to achieve that, you have to know what re-energizes you. It’s all about discipline and knowing what recharges your batteries.
· If you don’t know what re-energizes you, ask the people around you. Ask your mate what he or she notices about your behavior – when you’re up or down – and what led to it.
· Ask yourself the questions I ask clients: Are you fully engaged in your work? Are there family or health problems that are preoccupying you? Are you getting enough sleep? Enough full rest? Enough exercise? What action can you take now to begin to resolve the problem?

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Coach Rob

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Why Facebook is so popular? It's addictive. You post and and are reinforced when you get a "like" or a a comment. It's popularity is based on the psychological concept of intermittent reinforcement, same as a slot machine. Comments or "likes" please and advice on how to stop the FB addiction?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Getting Important Things Done

Recently, the most frequent pressing problem I am seeing with my coaching clients is “Too much to do, too little time.”  In today’s world it is not uncommon to be rewarded for doing well in one role by being given an additional roles, usually with no additional resources provided.

The problem makes me ponder: In these difficult times, what can a leader do to get important things done?
One tip: Instead of setting several goals at a time, set one goal and work on it until you get it done.  Research as described in the book Willpower1, indicates that our mind does not work
effectively if we focus on more than one goal at a time.  So, here are a few coaching tips:
1. Set only a few big monthly goals (daily or even weekly is too short a time)
2. Every day work on one piece of the “big goal”.  Start early when you are fresh and every day put some concentrated effort into making progress on the goal.
3. Don’t multi-task while working on this goal. 
4. The same holds true for family and personal goals.  Select only one in each category each month.

Please feel free to share any ideas you have on “getting important things done”.  

Coach Rob

1 Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength  by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney available at