“One Thing At A Time”

I remember hearing the phrase “one thing at a time” throughout my childhood. It was a way adults communicated to us that we should not rush. I guess today’s version of the phrase is  “fully present in the moment”.

How are you doing in being present to your tasks at work? Do you rush through things or do you focus, as you need to? It may be worthwhile, in this holiday week, to try out doing one thing at a time. It could have some benefits for you and provide you with valuable insights on how to get things done.

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What is the core of managing?

What is the core of managing? It is movement and what you do to create movement. I have often thought of managing as getting a machine, of various parts, to work well. It goes beyond parts, though. There has to be some kind of fuel to enable the parts to move. So, as a manager, you are not only managing people, data, events, goals and the expectations of your managers, you are creating the fuel that will get your team moving and working together.

How do you create your fuel? For me, what makes my teams move is my providing a clear sense of purpose, feeding each team member what he or she needs to function well (not only resources, but motivation), being present and contributing as the team goes forward, listening to my team, speaking to upper management on my team’s behalf when I need to, tracking performance so that our goals are achieved and keeping my eye on the bigger picture.

The core of managing – movement – depends on the fuel you create to keep your team going forward.

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