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January, 2014

Time Management: Are you In Control?

As a business owner or senior executive your biggest day-to-day challenge may be managing your time. Lack of organizing and prioritizing what you do each day, how you deal with distractions or what responsibilities you take on that others should handle consumes valuable time and energy that can be more effectively applied to higher priority tasks and issues.

We can rationalize "how the day just got away from me" but the truth is, in the majority of cases, we made a choice in allowing various unplanned tasks, emergencies and interruptions to intrude and replace what we really planned to do that day. It is easy to fall into this pattern without a schedule or plan.
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However, being at the forefront solving crisis and reacting to emergencies means that we are not applying our best value developing the business to have fewer emergencies, mentoring managers and supervisors who should intercept and handle high priority issues, and spending at least half of our time working on the future of the company.

If this is you, then you are letting circumstances control your time. How do you correct this pattern and take responsibility for the management of your time? . . . read more.
Mike Brice
Phone: (206)226-1617

Feature Article

We all look for ideas on how we can be more effective and productive leaders and managers. This short article should give you something to consider as you start out the new year in 2014.

Here is a list of the 6 fundamentals that can make you a better manager:
  1. Be open to new ways of looking at things.
  2. Expect excellence.
  3. Make sure your employees know - clearly - where they need to focus.
  4. Protect your time as if it were gold (or perhaps Bitcoins?).
  5. Communicate regularly by providing meaningful feedback in real time.
  6. Don't duck conflict, but deal with it directly and fairly.
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Note: Ask yourself the following questions.
  • Do you provide clear instructions for your employees?
  • Do you manage your time effectively?
  • Do you communicate meaningful feedback in real time?

If you are looking for guidance to on developing mentally strong attributes contact Mike to learn about the Executive Coaching services available from Brice Consulting for you and your organization.

Leadership Resources
Leadership: Francesca Gino, associate professor at Harvard Business School, explains how quiet bosses with proactive teams can be highly successful. Introvert leaders talk less and listen more!
Can Introverts Lead? (9:10 min)

Sales Excellence: How to Become the Greatest Salesperson in the World - Victor Antonio's sales rant on the ultimate sales manifesto for becoming the greatest salesperson in the world.
Sales Excellence - How to become a Great Salesperson (13:25 min)

Sales: Being a salesperson always conjured images of sleazy tricksters who pressure and hustle people into buying things they neither need nor want. I have come to grips with the fact that not only am I a salesperson, but I am also pretty good at it. These are a few tips that have helped me embrace selling
Four Tips For Selling With Class

New Product Development: Most of developing a new product is intuitive if you have done it before, but for many it is a necessary stumbling block on the entrepreneurial journey. In the hopes of helping readers avoid some of these mistakes, these are some of the lessons I learned.
How To Outsource Product Development And Build Great Products

Dashboard: Ed Koch, New York City’s feisty former mayor, used to smile wide and ask his constituency, "How’m I doin'?" Now I have my very own much smaller community (actually, infinitesimal by comparison) on When I want to know how I'm doing, I need only check my personal dashboard.
A Peek Inside My New Forbes Dashboard - and How I'm Doing

Leadership: Sooner or later, someone on your team is going to screw up. Hopefully the stakes will be low when it happens. Either way, be prepared to say three words that may not come so easily, at least not right away.  
3 Most Important Words to Say to Employees After They Screw Up

Global Team Management: Remote workers are here to stay and their numbers continue to rapidly increase worldwide. There are many reasons for this trend, from cost considerations to flexibility in childcare to saving hours in senseless commuting. Remote workers are increasingly empowered by technology solutions that makes telecommuting and remote collaboration increasingly appealing and viable.
How to Increase the Productivity of Your Remote Teams

Leadership: Why do entrepreneurs make the same errors, over and over? Here's how to steer clear of the Moron Hall of Fame.
It's Okay to Make Mistakes - But Not These Mistakes

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