Do you have a stack of performance evaluations to do?
Are you behind on getting a big report out?
Are you knee deep in the strategic planning process for next year?
Does the budget need your undivided attention?
Are you responsible for creating a presentation but the ideas for where to start just aren’t flowing?
If you answered “yes” to any or even all of these questions, go hide! You heard me. Go hide! As a part of our management coaching, it may be the best thing you can possibly do for yourself, your business, your company, your staff AND, believe it or not, it will increase customer satisfaction.
[tweetthis]”Hiding” may be the best thing you can do for your company.[/tweetthis]
In the management coaching I do, I find that there are some projects that just need undivided attention. For some managers, working with numbers requires a clear head and sharp mind. Others need to focus when it comes to writing while still others need uninterrupted time in order to develop their vision for the future that often takes its form in projects like strategic planning. There is also a population of managers that needs focus for all of these activities.
Getting out of the noisy, busy office and away from a cluttered desk is beneficial in so many ways:
• It allows for uninterrupted “think time”.
• It opens the mind and the heart to ideas that can only surface in a quiet environment.
• It fosters incredible productivity.
• It eliminates distractions like email and the urge to do busy work to avoid difficult projects.
• It gives you a new perspective. I am always amazed at how my occasional writer’s block is lifted when I change where I am working!
There are tons of great places that are perfect for setting up shop for a few hours a few times a month when you really need to focus. Consider a few of the following venues:
• The local library
• At home if you work in a corporate setting
• Outdoors in places like the local park, by the lake or pond, on your deck
• At a Starbucks or café
• In the lobby of a hotel
• In a conference room on another floor or in another building if you call a corporate office your home away from home
• Just someplace DIFFERENT!
The idea being shared in today’s management coaching blog is to be in a spot that allows you to focus in an uninterrupted manner so that your thoughts and the work flow can be a fluid process.
Now go hide!
Where are some of your favorite places to “hide” as a manager? How does the change in venue impact you?
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