Learnings from the Management Consultant: FOCUS!

Recently I was in the middle of a conversation and realized while the person was talking I was thinking about something I really needed to get done and watching the clock as the minutes ticked away.  Every few minutes I had to tune back into the conversation. The person I was talking with had aContinue reading “Learnings from the Management Consultant: FOCUS!”

Finding Balance and Focus: Being in the Moment

Meeting the commitments we make to our families or companies is tough enough, but the real challenge is being present in the moment and focused on what’s occurring. When my son was a toddler and wanted my attention he would walk over to me, reach up, place a little hand on each side of myContinue reading “Finding Balance and Focus: Being in the Moment”

Finding Balance and Focus – Negotiating Change to Our Personal and Professional Commitments

The proportion of time and focus needed by our professional and personal lives changes over time, whether it is due to a sentinel event, such as a promotion, the season, an addition to our family, or something unexpected such as an illness. Often we try to continue to meet the commitments they made, while tryingContinue reading “Finding Balance and Focus – Negotiating Change to Our Personal and Professional Commitments”

Finding Balance and Focus – Contingency Planning

When we have other people dependent upon us in our personal lives, such as children, a significant other, or aging parents, it’s essential we develop contingency plans in case we’re not available, whether it’s for an afternoon or permanently.    This includes planning for every type of contingency that can occur, thinking through and writing downContinue reading “Finding Balance and Focus – Contingency Planning”

Finding Balance and Focus – Dependability Planning

When asked to describe a colleague or friend have you noticed how often “dependable” is an attribute you mention?  I don’t think I’m alone in saying, if someone is not dependable there’s a low probability they are still a close friend or colleague. Dependability isn’t an inherent trait.  It’s one we learn, often through payingContinue reading “Finding Balance and Focus – Dependability Planning”