Did you ever notice how successful leaders,
managers, and directors gracefully address
other people’s requests and needs and are
able to work their own?
This is in part due to their unique talent, skill,
and hard work and know how to address
possible “time sinks.”
1. Before they go on the internet or read their
email, they accomplish at least one thing on
their important priority list.
2. They define quick projects. that take five
minutes or less to accomplish. When there is
a break, they tackle them in a coordinated
3. They don’t wait for problems to come to
them. In approachable manner, they stop
in and visit workers and observe and get
informal status updates. This way they can
leave whenever they wish.
4. They work with their mentors to identify
their “delay task” list. This list picks out
important tasks that need further investigation
and tasks that are inconsequential. Do I
buy gas now when it is half full or next week?
5. They empower the action and decision-
making of others, rather than having to be
in on every action.
6. They empower thought power:
- say it in 30 seconds, rather than a minute;
- write it on one page, rather than more,
- create open networks for information
flow, where others can get what is
a good method, and learn from others’
7. They have critical redundancies:
back-up files, calendars, computer
records, project work.