It’s Your 168 Hours: Use Them Better

How am I going to find time for that?

When I speak to CEOs who want more success for themselves, their companies and employees about Vistage Worldwide’s ecosystem of leader development services*, they inevitably get the value of leader development learning, but wonder how can they afford the time?

At that point, we discuss reality: all of us have the same 168 hours per week. the issue is how we use it. The difference between Richard Branson, who runs dozens of companies under the Virgin Brand, Elon Musk who runs countless different companies (Tesla, Solar City, SpaceX, the Boring Company, DeepMind, etc.) and all the other leaders of Conglomerates, is that they’re mastering effectiveness leadership. Instead of being the “Chief Problem Solver” for all companies, they manage their time by hiring the right people, delegating responsibilities, avoiding mistakes and capitalizing on opportunities by listening to other people, and managing their time.

That’s why the first thing we do at Vistage is focus on time management: where is your time best used and how can we build an effective team and strategy to use others’ time well also. Indeed, Vistage has great ROI: you invest 7% of your month in learning how to be more effective – and you can grow your company, as other CEOs do – 2-3X faster than competitors!

Indeed, Maura Thomas, in a recent Harvard Business Review article, noted that the key is attention management: “the practice of controlling distractions, being present in the moment, finding flow, and maximizing focus, so that you can unleash your genius. It’s about being intentional instead of reactive… Rather than allowing distractions to derail you, you choose where to direct your attention at any given moment, based on an understanding of priorities and goals.”

In other words, instead of being the full-time “fire-fighter” – solving problems that could have been avoided and/or resolved by others – you should be mastering how to improve company performance, by mentoring and coaching your team to constantly improve company strategic performance and increase satisfaction at work.

It’s time to build your “time management muscle”. If you want to learn more about Vistage, call me at 646-290-7664.

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