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with Terry Siebert


Time Management: Technique or Attitude?

Time management has been and always will be an oxymoron. We have all there is, yet none of us ever seem to have enough. At best we can learn to work with the never-ending passage of minutes and hours. No matter how often we say there are "never enough hours in a day," there will continue to be 24 just like yesterday, today and tomorrow. When business groups are asked if they have been to a time management seminar, at least 50% raise their hands. However, when these same people are asked if they are in control of their time, very few say "yes." So what can one do? Let's look at four techniques, and then discuss attitude.

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You Just Can't Buy a Listening Aid: You Actually Have to Listen

In last month's blog, we talked about the many ways we communicate. This month we tackle the other half of the communication process — listening.

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Communications: It's Not Just the Words We Use

In his book, The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking, Dale Carnegie talks about how we are all judged as communicators. He mentions four areas: what we say, how we say it, how we look, and how we treat others (what we do). The point he makes again and again is that the actual words are often but a minor part of the flow of ideas.

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7 Steps to Effective Delegation

Last month, "Barriers to Effective Delegation" was the topic. Included in those barriers was the fact that some managers do not know how to delegate effectively. Whether through no or poor training, or a mentor who passes on bad habits, managers who do not have the ability to delegate effectively are a negative influence in their organizations.

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Barriers to Effective Delegation

The late General George Patton was credited with the following quote: "Never tell a person how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their ingenuity." This idea sounds both simple and profound, yet has to be one of the most pressing challenges for those of us in a managerial role. This challenge may be even stronger for supervisors and managers who are new to their leadership roles.

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Known for his Dale Carnegie training expertise, Terry Siebert is writing to inspire leaders to reach their greatest potential. Leadership, today more than ever, may mean the difference between closing the doors or opening new markets. Every month, he'll post help with mindset, business tools and more.

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