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"Stop The Meeting Madness" - Harvard Business Review

10 Surprising Stats About Today’s Independent Workforce

Just read an interesting article on Inc.com about meeting deadlines. The article is entitled Elon Musk’s New Genius Way to Make Yourself Meet Deadlines“. An interesting article and I found the following from the article to be quite useful:

Getting projects done on time is often tricky, with the following factors frequently playing big roles:

–  People overestimate their own abilities.

–  They overestimate the capacities of the people they work with and the systems they use.

– There’s inadequate allowance for outside conditions that could affect the project, which means planning is short-sighted.

– There’s no plan B.

– People fail to budget enough resources to get the work done.

– Those involved don’t take the deadlines seriously enough.

– Failure to meet deadlines lacks significant consequences.

“12 SURPRISING WAYS TO USE EVERNOTE YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE CONSIDERED” by Michael Hyatt

Google Employees Weighed In on What Makes a Highly Effective Manager. Technical Expertise Came in Dead Last is an excellent article by Mike Schnieder on Inc.com. Following are a couple of quotes from the article that might interest you. First the list, in order of priority:

Be a good coach;
empower your team and don’t micromanage;
express interest in employee’s success and well-being;
be productive and results-oriented;
be a good communicator and listen to your team;
help your employees with career development;
have a clear vision and strategy for the team; and
have key technical skills, so you can help advise the team

The above list is in order of priority and notice that technical skills came in last. Following is one more quote:

1. What employees valued most were even-keeled bosses.

So, how do we as leaders do in regard to this list? The most important thing as a leader is not to the the smartest or most skilled in the room, it is about taking care of your team.

 

BG