Don’t let succession plans take on soap opera proportions. There is no doubt that we humans are suffering from information overload at work and in our social lives. You’ll find tons of diverse groups with highly specialized interests.
We are all required to do more and more with less and less. This is taking its toll on our productivity, our health and unfortunately on family life. This is a great pity because over 20 years of doing face-to-face time management workshops I’ve found that many of us are making easily avoidable mistakes that cost us dearly in time – and money.
It may be difficult for you to see what your dentist sees when looking at an x-ray. Don’t let that bother you. Remember that your dentist went to dental school to learn how to interpret these x-rays. And also remember, it is the interpretation of the x-ray that you are paying for, not just the x-ray itself. That’s why you want a dentist’s opinion of a problem (that’s why you seek care from car mechanics, electricians, plumbers, doctors, accountants, and the list goes on and on). Fortunately you do not need to be an expert in every field, you just need to know someone who is.
22. Every week ask a colleague to take your calls for an hour so you can get something else done. You can reciprocate some other day or do some other task for that colleague that he/she hates doing.
I’ve never met any successful person that claims to know it all yet I’ve met many average people who claim to be experts on all issues on the face of this planet.
Another huge consideration along with guaranteed uptime is the level of customer service you can count on when something goes wrong. Let’s face it at some point there will be a flood, a power outage, a plague of locusts, or server eating gnomes. How your ISP provides service when the chips are down is going to mean the difference between your IT departments planning a revolt, and your IT department actually revolting.
In the book, the authors discuss a real-life founder who promised all eleven children the primary leadership role in the company. But unlike the contrived soap opera plot, it didn’t work out so handily. It’s no coincidence that my favorite soap opera revolves around a family business!
You have a series of artwork that you’ve done that you’re selling, entitled “Twist Of the Trist.” You refer to it as ‘rhythm on canvas.” They’re in bright neon colors that you designed using drumsticks, rather than a brush. Can you explain the process?
It’s good to know that Ackerman takes care of her people. She just doesn’t take care of the people who work with the children every day like the Noon Time Aides, SSA’s, Bilingual Counseling Assistants, School Police Officers, Student Advisors or the Parent and Community Ombudsmen. They work for wages that keep them half an inch above the poverty level. In fact, she’s laid off a lot of them. Well, most of them.