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Are You – or Your Team – Feeling Burnt Out?

Posted on: May 10th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

Addressing Burnout:  Setting Priorities

***NOTE:  This is a series of articles on the critically important subject of burnout.***

One thing we hear a lot about is “burnout”.  More and more people are feeling like they just can’t keep up. We hear from our corporate clients and we see it in our groups and when we speak.

And who hasn’t had “one of those days”?

The meeting runs long, the car is in the shop for a big repair, your client is mad about something someone said and now your administrative assistant is resigning.

Just a day in the life of many people these days (one where things aren’t lining up, but it happens).

My co-author of It’s About Time, Shannon J. Gregg, is a big fan of “The 5 Whys”.  Asking “why” five times to get to the root (and often true) cause of many issues.

When we do a 5 Whys analysis of people that feel burned out there is often a very similar root cause:  the person has too much to do in the time they have.

And it’s easy to fall into this trap. You just keep taking on more and more and more until your plate is full – or overloaded.

And then you get upset every time something falls off the plate.

You probably have star team members right now that are silently struggling with the stress of trying to keep all of the balls in the air!

It’s a common story, but what do you do?  How do you help your team?

This is where the hard work of setting priorities comes in. If you know what is important to you – and why – you can start to pick out what is more important to you (and what is less important). Who hasn’t focused on a deadline and accomplished amazing things in a short time?

But it is often difficult to set priorities in today’s world. Today’s world seems to be characterized with more contact and interaction, not less, which means more demands.

And it’s often hard to say “no” – but that’s often where the path to ending burnout starts.

When you stop and dream and think about your goals, and your organization’s goals, then when opportunities come along it is easy to spot those that are consistent with the goals and those that are not.

Your teammates at your company may be silently having this issue. As leader how can you create the space for them to tell you about issues?  How can you make it OK for them to say “no”.

Most people don’t want to say “no” to people in power.  And some people will take on too much to avoid saying “no” at great cost to them and those around them.

You can change your culture and business trajectory by making this safe and doable for your team.

Once the change is made then soon, with the clarity of priorities, you and your teammates can start juggling less and doing more.  Doing more of the things that matter and getting to goals and less of the things that don’t get you there goals.

And when you start seeing achievement in your day and progress to your goals rather than a focus on the things that aren’t happening or the projects that you didn’t get “right” you’ll feel your stress level lower.

Think about the momentum that will put in your organization.

Won’t it feel nice to not be a stressed?

What are you going to say “no” to next?

Let us know!

Shawn

P.S. R. Shawn McBride speaks to audiences on how to Do Business Effectively(™) including how to add some Time Magicment(™) and reduce burnout.

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Is it Dangerous to Train Your Employees in Time Magicment(TM)?

Posted on: May 9th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

“Success comes from good time management.”

I was recently talking to a CEO of a company that wanted to bring us in to do some Time Magicment(™) training.

The client told me “success comes from good time management”.

He gets it – and the need for getting the use of time right.

Now he wants his team to use this power.

But he was also frustrated.  He’s used the other time systems – and they’ve failed his company.

How can something so simple, time management, be so hard to implement?

Shannon J. Gregg and I believe, and we showed the world in our book, It’s About Time, that most time management systems start from the wrong place.

Read a “standard” time management guide.  The number 1 focus is speeding up what you do.

That’s great for the “old economy” before automation when tasks were more repetitive and increasing the volume of doing repetitive tasks could move your company into the fast lane.

But those days are gone.  Today what matters today is different.

We need engagement, creativity and ways to deal with an increasing volume of information flooding to us.

Think about all the demands and pulls on your time in a given day – commuting, grooming, talking to co-workers, cell phone, email, social media, television, radio, news, emergencies at work, kids, practice, reading, sleep…just to name a few.

There is no wonder that most business owners and leaders feel like their plate is always full and overflowing.

Starting at a different place

That’s why we start from a different place in our book, It’s About Time, and our Time Magicment(™) training.

We start with goals.  Specifically we start with employee goals.

It’s our belief that an employee that knows where they are going in their career, and why, is going to be more motivated and more engaged.

We then tie that employee’s personal goals to their role in the company.

For instance let’s assume Linda works in your customer service department.  Linda really wants to buy a bigger house in a better school district for her kids, Johnny and Sam.

The short-sighted employer would just see this as more cost to the employer and try to avoid Linda and her desire for a raise.  Some would even avoid asking about the personal desires of Linda.

But when Linda’s dreams can be uncovered it can be tied to her work goals.  If she could earn a promotion she’s be able to buy that house (Note how the Promotability Process(™) is one of the next steps in the Do Business Effectively(™) Pyramid.)

When Linda makes that connection in training she’ll work harder.

But what about the employee that wants to start their own company or leave?  Maybe we shouldn’t do training because the employee might depart or be motivated to leave to get their dreams?  That’s short-term thinking.

If the employee leaves it’s an indication that the job wasn’t a fit or that they weren’t working out. What company, when thought about logically, wants to keep employees that are a bad fit?  Talk about a drag on your culture and bottom line!

So that’s why we every employee to dream and know their goals. Many of your employees will stay longer and be more motivated!

We have goals, now what?

Once each employee knows their goals it’s onto the next step of tying those goals to steps.  And those steps are the foundation of the time management plan of the future.

When done properly you now have a team that is working hard to meet their goals and managing their time in accordance with their goals and the steps to their goals.

The net effect is an increased intentionality around the organization and more focused efforts.

And that is how you use Time Magicment(™) to Do Business Effectively(™).

What’s been your experience?  Have you seen employees manage their time better when they are motivated by the outcome?

Let us know!

Shawn

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Republication:  Permission to reprint articles by McBride For Business, LLC at no charge is hereby given to all print, broadcast and electronic media provided that authorship is attributed to R. Shawn McBride, McBride For Business, LLC, www.yourbusinessspeaker.com and www.planningdoneright.com, 1111 S Akard St #100, Dallas, TX 75215 on the following conditions (1) organizations publishing articles electronically, a live, click-able link to www.yourbusinessspeaker.com and www.planningdoneright.com must also be included with the body of the article, (2) one copy of your publication must be mailed to McBride For Business, LLC, 1111 S Akard St #100, Dallas, TX 75215, and (3) a bio of R. Shawn McBride must be included – R. Shawn McBride is a speaker and trainer on how to Do Business Effectively(TM) including Time Magicment(TM).  Permission is granted for reasonable editing for (1) content and industry specific examples or terms, (2) length, or (3) title change.

Are you practicing regularly?

Posted on: May 8th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

Are you getting your batting practice?

Have you been to a major league baseball game lately? Or ever?

Have you ever gotten there early?  (Very unrealistic with jobs and traffic for some of us, I know.)

For those of you that have gotten there early this isn’t a surprise.  But for those of you that haven’t maybe it is.

If you get to the game early you’ll see the players out there doing batting practice.

Those major league baseball players – the best of the best – are swinging their bats and practicing hitting the ball.  Not that they haven’t hit a ball hundreds of thousands of times in live games.

Could they skip practice and still get on base during the game?  Probably.

But they still practice.

Do you ever think why?

They are still honing their skill. Learning. Improving. Adjusting for that recent muscle growth or tear.

What does this have to do with business?

We need to practice our business skills too!  Particularly time management.

The demands on your time are always changing.  Life isn’t static. What worked last week may not work next week. And the way you managed your time 10 years ago isn’t going to help much today.

So if you want to be magical with your time use and bring some Time Magicment(™) into your world here are some tips:

Periodically (at least quarterly) look at how you are dividing your time between tasks- update your time blocks.;

  1. Think critically about how you are using your time – is everything you are doing the best use of your time?;

  2. Ask yourself what did you used to say “yes” to that made sense that you should now say “no” to?; and

  3. What have you been failing at in your time management?  What keeps being a problem?

Good time management is more art than science. Keep looking at it with a critical eye and change to get better.

If you aren’t thinking constantly about how you are managing time I can bet you are leaving money on the table!  Small, regular improvements in how you use your time will make a huge difference in results!

Shawn

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Republication:  Permission to reprint articles by McBride For Business, LLC at no charge is hereby given to all print, broadcast and electronic media provided that authorship is attributed to R. Shawn McBride, McBride For Business, LLC, www.yourbusinessspeaker.com and www.planningdoneright.com, 1111 S Akard St #100, Dallas, TX 75215 on the following conditions (1) organizations publishing articles electronically, a live, click-able link to www.yourbusinessspeaker.com and www.planningdoneright.com must also be included with the body of the article, (2) one copy of your publication must be mailed to McBride For Business, LLC, 111 S Akard St #100, Dallas, TX 75215, and (3) a bio of R. Shawn McBride must be included – R. Shawn McBride is a speaker and trainer on how to Do Business Effectively(TM) including Time Magicment(TM).  Permission is granted for reasonable editing for (1) content and industry specific examples or terms, (2) length, or (3) title change.

Are you tired of your employees interrupting you?

Posted on: May 7th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

It’s one of the most common time management challenges we hear from managers.

“How do I keep my employees from interrupting me?”

For many managers they feel almost as if it would be easier to just do the work themselves! Who feels me?

But in the real world in most jobs and companies more work needs to be done than any one person can do.

So how do we create a system where managers can get their work done – and employees can get theirs done too?

Well in the simplest terms we have found that two simple things can change it all: boundaries and expectations.

Start thinking in these terms and you’ll watch your relationship with employees change, annoyance go down and – get this – you’ll actually start getting your work done!

So how does it work?

Boundaries

You are a supervisor and you have work to do.  But, if you are like many supervisors we hear from, you are doing your employee’s work rather than your own!

That all changes with the right boundaries.

To get your work done you need time you can focus and work — without the world bothering you!  For many of our clients time blocking is the answer. Set-up 1, 2 and 3 hour blocks on your calendar where you focus on your work.  This is critically important for those tasks that require critical thinking and deep thought. Without this safe haven you might fail (and someday not even be a supervisor any more).

But what about your employees while you are in deep thought?

They’ll be OK.  I promise you.

Well almost always.  There are sometimes real emergencies (the roof caves in, someone goes to the hospital).

In the case of a true emergency give your employees your location and contact information – and make sure they only interrupt for a true emergency.  Gina’s telephone not making outbound calls is NOT an emergency for you!

So with you having all of these boundaries won’t your employees be goofing off and lost?

Well that’s where expectations come in.

Expectations

While you are controlling your boundaries you still have expectations of your employees.  They have work to get done. You’ll be checking their metrics.

But to be fair they have to know what you expect in detail so they can do it for you!

This works to keep them motivated to get things done even when you are focused on other things.

And now you’ll be expecting them to fix some of their problems.

But what about all those problems?

So the problems your employees were interrupting you with won’t suddenly go away. Well, surprisingly some will get fixed without your intervention. But some will still be there.

So what now?

For many of our clients they have “office hours”.  A set window of time when employees know their supervisor will be available for questions and coaching.

For instance promise from 2 to 4 pm you’ll be near your desk ready to answer any appropriate questions.

That gives your employees the safety of knowing their problem will get solved, the ability to plan and gives you the piece of mind to think.

Try it out.  So many of our clients have benefited from this simple strategy:  boundaries and expectations.

So are you ready to set yours?

Let us know how it goes!

Shawn

How can we partner?

Posted on: May 6th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

How can we partner?

If you know me you know I am a big fan of partnerships.

I think great partnerships bring out elements of both partners that might not be fully utilized without the partner.

And, most importantly, good partnerships can create better products for your customers which will fuel growth and winning and competition!

Look at what I’ve done with Shannon J. Gregg.  Together we’ve launched the Time Magicment(™) movement and helped many many lives.

Neither of us would have done so much on our own.

So my question to you, today, is there anything we could partner on?  How could we add more value to the world?

Write me and let me know!

Shawn

What would a sponsorship mean for your business?

Posted on: May 5th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

Have you thought about a sponsorship of an event and what it could do for your business?

Think about it.

Sponsoring can be the gateway to developing relationships.

And the positive association can run deep.  And right now there is a unique opportunity.

With the planning of a blitz around the McBride For Business Do Business Effectively(™) Triangle and Time Magicment(™) there will soon be a host of opportunities to sponsor events involving me and Shannon J. Gregg.

We are looking for sponsors for in-person events, webinars and other content.  Since there is so much new being planner there are lots of chances for you to get in with us!

Starting with the webinars you’ll get a chance to associate with our content and brand.

Think about sharing an upcoming webinar about Time Magicment(™) that your list can attend for free — and positioning yourself and your brand alongside ours!  Our clients have loved our content and I am sure yours will too. And they’ll feel closer to you and your brand.

You get to give something of value to your list for no charge to them.  You get associate with us. And we get to know each other – who knows where that could lead?

And right now you can get in with ground-floor pricing.

You might be SHOCKED at how cheap it could be to sponsor one of our events. And we can talk about building that sponsorship into a long-term relationship and collaboration.

Don’t waste time.  If there is any interest reach out to me today.

Shawn

Have you spent enough time dreaming?

Posted on: May 4th, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

Stop and Dream.

It sounds so simple.

But we don’t think many people stop and do it.

In fact, until we did enough workshops (me and Shannon J. Gregg, my partner for all things Time Magicment(™)), I was often shocked how few CEOs of private companies had 10 and 15 year visions – for themselves or their companies.

Our experience with our clients and audiences is CEOs don’t plan long-term – even if that should be their core role.

Here are the folks that should be the strategic long-term thinkers for themselves and those counting on them – and they are not doing strategic long-term thinking.

What’s the cost of not planning?

The old saying is “when you fail to plan you plan to fail.”

I don’t know if that is quite true.  But it does drive home the point – no planning often means failure.

 

In the real world.

I see a lot of those that don’t plan as actually being “successful.”  At least “successful” by the metrics of others.

Quite simply these folks often get what other people want -the big house or fancy car.

But often it is at a cost they don’t want to pay.

There are the same folks that often come to my office and complain about how their “successful” business is stealing the life from them.

And that while everyone else thinks they have made it they feel like they are in jail or on a never ending treadmill.

 

Making the change.

So how do we change all this.

Well, it’s really quite simple:  dream.

The simple process of dreaming – of thinking about what your future should look like – will open a world of possibilities.

We encourage our clients to think 10 or 15 years into the future about what they want in life.

And the long-range thinking is key.  You have a lot of control over the direction of your life over long periods of time.  In the short term you are often already committed. 99.9% of us know where we will wake up tomorrow and still be driving the same car we own today tomorrow.

But over 10 or 15 years – well, it can all change.  You might not even be in the same city, state or climate.

 

Your test

Another great thing about a 10 or 15 year plan is that it becomes your test for the future.

Every single action or opportunity can be tested against the 15 year plan.  Does it help? Does it hurt your direction.

 

The direction is key

Great time management really starts with the direction. Later it becomes about tactics and tips.

I mean what’s the point of speeding up what you are doing if you are headed the wrong direction?

I mean it sounds crazy even writing it — but that seems to be what most people do.

 

What’s been your experience?  Did you ever have a period without a long-term goal?  What was the effect of not having a goal?

Shawn

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What would happen if you had the time to plant just a few more seeds?

Posted on: May 3rd, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

Time Management.

To so many it seems so simple. Or so “soft”.  Many people fail to invest in time management.

For many years I worked on my time management.  It was always critical. And as I was able to accomplish more in less and less time great things started happening for me.

And I believe everyone can get there. It just requires the right focus, attention and – perhaps – coaching.

 

And now that we’ve released the McBride For Business Do Business Effectively(™) Triangle its clarifies how foundational time management is for a great career.

 

 

See “It’s About Time”/Time Management right at the foundation?

 

But there is one thing I should make clear.

Even people that spend substantial time on time management – like me and my partner on all things Time Magicment(™) Shannon J. Gregg – still have to keep adjusting, learning and – listen to this – failing.

Yes, we even get our schedules wrong sometimes!

But the key to time management success is activity, monitoring and metrics.

Because sometimes we do the activity now and the results come later. But the key is we plant the seeds now.

And sometimes those seeds pop up in strange ways.

 

Who remembers the band “Tommy James and the Shondells”?

Very popular in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s Tommy James and the Shondells weren’t an overnight success. If you can’t remember them, think “Crimson and Clover” (not the great version by Joan Jett, but the prior one) and “I think we are alone now”, among others.

After having some local success in Michigan and the nearby states Tommy James had basically given up on singing.  All of the original “Shondells” had gone off to war or otherwise disbanded.

But then one day Tommy James got a call.  A call from Pittsburgh of all places. Tommy James was still in Michigan. Long distance calls used to cost real money back then so something must be up!

The voice on the other side of the phone wanted Tommy James and the Shondells to perform – in Pittsburgh.

You see a few years prior Tommy James and the Shondells had cut a record. Locally popular their songs didn’t go far nationally, however.

Until…until someone in Pittsburgh found one of their songs in a used record store and started playing it at local events. The song “Hanky Panky” became popular in Pittsburgh.  So popular, in fact, that folks were illegally making copies of it to sell to meet demand, all without Tommy James, or the Shondells, knowledge.

It seems Tommy James and the Shondells were in a hit a few hundred miles from home, all unknown to them.

So Tommy James did what any good entrepreneur would do. He headed to Pittsburgh.  Of course he had to recruit a new set of “Shondells” to act as his band.

His popularity grew.  Soon he was a national act – along with the new Shondells.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

A seed he had planted years earlier germinated in a strange way.

Sometimes you never know how your seeds will grow.

But one things is for sure – the more seeds you plant the more chances you’ll have of a great harvest!

So keep planting folks!  Manage your time to plant as many good seeds as you can.

Monitor your activities to make sure you are always planting.

 

And if your time management – or your organization’s time management – is a bit off please reach out to us.  We have tools that can help you. And since time management is foundational item of business success it will change your entire business AND life.

Right this week we are working on setting up coaching, corporate training and speaking on time management in different places. Our core materials can be used in many ways. And we love helping folks.

 

What’s your biggest time management challenge?  Even if you don’t need our help we’d love to share ideas with you.

Let us know!

Shawn

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Do you have challenges?

Posted on: May 2nd, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

It’s not always easy.

I am having a lot of fun today.  But the volume of work is high. And the pace of change is quick.

What I’ve found interesting in my growth is that the ability to deal with the pace of change increases.  And now I change so quickly.

Maybe some of you are still in corporate jobs, doing a side hustle or just getting started.

Well let me encourage you to start changing.  Start changing for improvement. If improvement is in reach – change.  Improve as fast as you can even if you have to change lots.

Many of us don’t pursue things because it means change.  I’ve been guilty of this. It held me back for years.

And I don’t blame myself.  The culture of corporate America doesn’t embrace change.  It’s messy for them. And I fell hook line and sinker for it.  I do fault myself for not thinking critically sooner!

Really change is messy for all of us.

But it’s worth it.

The faster you change the faster you’ll get there.

Want to see change in action?  Check out this new video of mine where I changed my filming platform so I can start adding subtitles easier.

I also recorded a ton of videos for my Doing Business in the US course today.

That was a big change – getting used to recording video regularly.  But a needed change.

What are you changing?  What are you afraid to change?

Drop me a note and let me know.

Speaking of change – here’s a change of pace.  Laura Vanderkam gave a TED talk on time management where she admits to having time management challenges.  (Small world – I spoke on the advantages of women in business partnerships the same day at TEDx).

It’s nice to see someone admit their challenges.

This growth is causing me time management challenges too – not afraid to admit that either.

Looking forward to hearing about your challenges.

What are you hiding?

Posted on: May 1st, 2018 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

Do you hide your problems?

I think we all do at times.  I mean who wants to air their dirty laundry for all to see?

But what’s interesting in video view numbers.

As you know I post a lot of videos on LinkedIn.

And as part of that I get to see view numbers.  Now it’s not which person viewed – but I can see company information and location.

And let me say…it’s interesting.

When I hit on an issue like women in business I see certain companies tune in – a lot.  A lot of their employees are watching.

Could it be a statistical fluke?  Or could they know something internally they aren’t saying?

I am here to help.  Help you or help your friends.

If you are trying to figure out what training you need next the McBride For Business Do Business Effectively(™) triangle is going to help you.  Whether you hire us or not.

But seriously — if you need the help give me a call.  I will help you get it right and solve your problems – 214-418-0258, info (at) mcbrideforbusiness.com

Let me know what issues you’ve been afraid to talk about – and I’ll see if I can help or try to refer you to someone that can!

Shawn

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