Managing Work Is a Core Competency
Managing work is a key part of management skills training. It is almost over-looked because it is assumed to be a fundamental skill. It is at the root of low productivity and definitely worth a look at the causes and solutions. Let’s look at an article that focuses on work-life balance.
It can be difficult to get work done in an environment filled with interruptions. Cool Time: A Hands-on Plan for Managing Work and Balancing Time (2005) offers many schedule-based tips on how to plan your day so that you have time to deal with interruptions as well as to focus on your real work. I like the emphasis it puts on managing people’s expectations and “conditioning” them to work with you better.
Here’s a sketch note that summarizes the key points from the book. Click on the image to see a larger version….More at Visual book review: Cool Time: A Hands-on Plan for Managing Work…
The essence of managing a business unit is to get important work done through others. The operative word is “through others” and this is the basic tenet of delegating work effectively.For the manage, planning and over-seeing that work is a core competency. Paying more attention to this will improve productivity and performance.
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