Does Multi-Tasking Slow You Down? Ask Yourself These Questions To Find Out

This short article finishes with a statement which I fully endorse: “Focus on what is relevant. The rest will be waiting for you”. It also offers some simple tips to avoid getting distracted by email or smartphone notifications.

After a Promotion, Recalibrate Your Work Relationships

I want to highlight the one suggestion from this article that worked well in my prior life as a corporate executive, and which now I suggest to most of my coaching clients: hold regular 1:1 meetings with your key colleagues. If you haven’t made this a standard practice at work, give it a try. Properly conducted, it will foster teamwork with your colleagues.

If You’re Speaking on a Conference Panel, Don’t Wing It

Good advice: good preparation is an absolute must regardless of the type and format of your speaking role.

15 Personal Goals for Work to Make You Stand Out from Your Coworkers

I found these 15 personal goals very applicable to whoever wants to be “above-average” at work. My favorite one is # 10: Model Work-Life Balance. Not an easy one, but if you care about your personal life, assign a high priority to this area.

How SMART Goal Setting Makes Lasting Changes in Your Life

Comprehensive article that can be a good reminder on the importance of setting goals in your personal life.

How Good Is Your On-Time Performance?

In my recent work within the airline industry, I have learned that On-Time Performance, or OTP, is a key performance metric for airlines measuring flight departure and arrival punctuality.

I want to invite you to borrow the airline OTP concept and apply it to three areas within your professional role:

  1. Business meetings:
    • Do you start on time? It is very common to see meetings start a few minutes late, waiting for all (or at least the most senior) participants arrive. Consider the message you are sending to the organization: It’s OK to arrive a few minutes late. We’ll wait for you. I once read about a senior leader locking the door to the meeting room at the scheduled starting time, leaving the latecomers outside. Too radical? Maybe yes, or maybe not…
    • Do you end on time? In my work with leadership teams, some of them find it acceptable to exceed the meeting times so they can address all their agenda topics. If you follow this practice, consider the possible effect it has on the participants’ schedules. It can also send the wrong message to participants: It doesn’t matter how many topics are on the agenda or how inefficiently the meeting was run, everybody is expected to stay until the leader decides to end it.
  2. Travel time:
    • Do you arrive on time to your scheduled appointments? I once had a coach who arrived a few minutes late to our session. He did not blame the traffic for his tardiness. Instead, he admonished himself for not leaving home early enough to account for potential traffic delays. It was a great lesson on personal accountability.
  3. Work commitments:
    • Do you meet deadlines? Early in my professional career I missed a deadline with a boss. He used this opportunity to teach me a few lessons:
      • Prioritize: I finished other less important tasks before this one.
      • Communicate: If you could potentially miss a deadline, inform your superior ahead of time.

These are just three areas where you can apply the airline OTP concept to your work. Let me know if you would like to schedule a free consultation call to discuss how I can coach you or one of your employees on this concept or how to improve other leadership and management skills.

Percy M. Cannon

Just How Bad Is Business Travel for Your Health? Here’s the Data.

If you are a frequent flier and care about your health, this article is for you. You probably already know that business travel requires strong discipline to eat healthy, exercise and sleep well. It’s easy to convince yourself that you can relax your eating, exercise and sleep habits while on the road. Don’t. Assuming you already have good eating, exercise and sleep habits at home, make it a point to maintain them when traveling. At the very least, increase your awareness of your choices. Try setting reminders on your smartphone if you think that could help. And don’t give up.

#WorkTrends: Building a More Inclusive Workplace with SurveyMonkey

Inclusion doesn’t happen by chance, as outlined in this article. I found their three “Inclusion Drivers” (Growth Mindset, Culture of Belonging and Objectivity) very insightful.

Good Sleep Habits You Need (And Bad Ones to Avoid) To Be Energetic

You are never too young nor too old to improve your sleep habits. Good suggestions in this article.

Refill Your Tank!

Are you satisfied with your current habits to replenish your physical, mental and spiritual “tanks”? This article will motivate you to be proactive about your personal health. Start small and gradually build the right habits.