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  • Juan Ignacio Barenys 9:00 am on May 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    The executive and correctly managing time 

    Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

    For any professional, correctly managing time is essential as from it comes, in almost all security, efficiency in all the tasks performed. For an executive even more so, as in executive positions, the pressure of the surroundings is high and tends to cause distortion in personal organization which, when frequent, causes a reduction in performance, a fatalist resignation, and undesired stress.

    As opposed to what is commonly thought, time management is not a natural skill that some people have and others don’t. We aren’t born with the ability to organize ourselves; it is learnt and thanks to it, significant improvements in performance are achieved in all tasks carried out. Nonetheless, we admit that some people possess a sense of order, a natural inclination that usually is shown at an early age.

    On the other hand, we must remember that time is a resource with three characteristics that make it unique:
    • It is available to anyone. Most resources have a “property”: money to invest, books to study, instruments of any type, etc. Time doesn’t; we all can have time.
    • Everyone has the same quantity of time. An hour, a day, a month… are exactly the same for everyone.
    • It is inevitably used. Whether we like it or not, in any task time will come into play, unlike other resources where their use is usually optional.

    As a result, managing time is no different to that of any other resources we have available.To do it correctly, you just need to combine good task management with the right management of the independence with which we can perform the task. And those are the skills in which in many cases can be improved with learning and training.

    Nothing better than to have a line-up of practical, short and concise advice, that when handled properly and subject to a strict discipline should result in the disappearance of the eternal “time problem”, captured in endless work hours, to-ing and fro-ing from work to home, “it’s Friday again”, etc. For executives, the need is two-fold. You are responsible for your own time and for others’.

    Tips for correctly managing time

    1. Stop interruptions, that come suddenly, without notice, or by rebound. Be a little selfish.
    2. Know your priorities. Know how to ask for them and do not take on tasks unless you have done it beforehand. Working blindly without priorities can generate subsequent errors and dissatisfaction.
    3. Be FIFO (first in first out). Don’t accumulate old tasks. Finish them off in order. Only change this natural order with the appearance of emergencies and, in some cases, with the change in the established priorities.
    4. Don’t be overconfident. Know your own limits and don’t exceed them. Doing it, generates barren exhaustion and detachment if it is directed at others.
    5. Handle five things at most at one time or homogenous time period.
    6. Don’t be a perfectionist. The best is usually the enemy of the reasonably good. From the point where the marginal benefit is zero, time becomes gold. Not before that.
    7. Know how to waste time every now and again. Releasing tension, resting, relaxing are activities that also have a place in our time resource.
    8. Be an owl. Watch, process, decide and act. If possible, without hesitation.

    Juan Ignacio Barenys de Lacha is Director at Odati and Eskpe Consulting. Member of AEDIPE, creator of the Odati Method for training executives and managers, ex-CEO of Olivetti Information Systems Spain and of Sligos Systems and chairman of the World Forum Congress in Washington in 1990.

    At Zyncro, we care about correctly managing time and we believe that an Enterprise Social Network can help you and your team to improve productivity. If you still haven’t tried Zyncro, try it free now and be convinced. If you don’t believe us, you can download the whitepaper in which we give you practical case studies of companies that have 😉

  • Juan Manuel Rodríguez 10:30 am on February 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Time, the last frontier 

    Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

    Time for Success

    First of all, let me introduce myself: I’m Juan Manuel Rodríguez. As of today, I’m part of the team of contributors in Zyncro who help spread the idea of what enterprise social networks are and how they can help us be more productive.

    The greatest challenge in this crisis is going farther with the same… or even with less. The unquestionable challenge is efficiency. It can be interpreted in every imaginable way: reducing the costs in raw materials, personnel, infrastructure, etc. but we always come across a barrier, a structural obstacle that is difficult to overcome.

    Only by improving efficiency in our team and in our information management can we cross that last frontier and continue to be competitive. Because, if we don’t, our competition will get there before us. This is the prime reason behind the explosion of tools like Zyncro, which aim to notably improve efficiency.

    “Time is the last frontier. Information overload results in time starvation. Technology lets us consume the information we receive with increasing efficiency.”
    (Alfons Cornella, in Update7 in Infonomía, November 2011)

    A few examples we can all identify with:

    Email abuse

    How many times have we silently sweared at those chain emails with 15 or 20 people in copy that don’t say anything important or urgent but constantly interrupt us? Or who has mailed a report to everyone for fear that the document will sit on the intranet without anyone knowing it exists? Email abuse in recent years has led many companies to declare Fridays as “email-free days”, for example, achieving notably improved results! It gives us food for thought, doesn’t it?

    Improductive meetings

    When it comes down to it, we all know that many follow-up meetings are a complete waste of time. Most of the time they cover things that could have been transmitted much sooner, in real time. We could have saved the valuable time of all those gathered there to do essentially nothing. Leave those face-to-face meetings for quick decision-making and not for communicating something that should be already known before you walk through the door.

    The key idea, the common factor in these examples and the great many more that we could give, is the challenge to assign the appropriate time and means for each type of information and interaction. If something is really important, pick up the phone and call. Or use instant messaging. For the rest of the information to flow with the appropriate priority (i.e. so that the team communicates efficiently), we need tools that enable us to readjust that balance between importance, the means for storing it and the time when we can be interrupted.

    Can you imagine a day where you’re only disturbed with really essential interruptions?
    Having all the information you need updated and sorted, available for when you decide to check it?

    This means creating a range of communication intervals, beyond the limited number we’re used to: email, telephone, chat, intranet and face-to-face meetings. If social networks outside the company’s walls have enabled those “grey” intervals, between the “white” of our friends who we talk to almost every day by telephone and the “black” of those who we don’t have time to even send an email every few months, a change in paradigm similar to that is occurring in companies for managing information.

    The enterprise social network Zyncro has been designed to achieve that rebalance, using an environment similar to that which users are familiar with for personal use, such as Facebook or Twittter, but that has been fully integrated and adapted to the needs and goals of the business environment. What’s more, these tools encourage all members of the team to participate in ways unknown until now and enables us to discover talent and intra-entrepreneurs who we may already have in our team… without even knowing it! But we’ll talk more about that in the next post! 😉


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