The Hour of Power
#SoDakSHRM18 attendees heard Mark Matteson speak twice, once on the 'Ten Commandments of Great Managers' and again to close out the conference. His final presentation focused on the theme, 'It's All About Time,' and really, isn't it?
How many of us have enough time in our days? How many of us feel pulled in a hundred directions simultaneously? How many of us truly focus on our priorities, indeed, even know what they are?
Matteson talked about the importance of setting goals. It's obvious when you think about it. How can you accomplish your goals if you don't take the time to define them?
"Without a Vision, the People Perish." To become the best version of ourselves requires thinking and planning and discipline. The Hour of Power is one strategy toward fulfillment. Our goals should be Personal, Positive, Powerful and Present-Tense (he calls it 'The 4 Ps'). Once you know what it is you most want to accomplish, use the Hour of Power to make it happen.
First, set a time every day for your Hour of Power. Morning-people should do this first thing in the morning, and Night-owls can do theirs in the evenings. This requires discipline, but Matteson argues it is worth it! Most things worth doing don't come easy, after all.
20 Minutes: Read a book or articles in alignment with your goal(s).
20 Minutes: Think about your goal(s) and focus on them in your specific learning-style.
(Auditory learners = Listen to a recording, Visual learners = Look at a picture)
20 Minutes: Write down the 6 most critical things you need to get done today/tomorrow.
Drawing on the wisdom of Peter Drucker, Dale Carnegie and others, Matteson went on to offer many practical and insightful strategies to help us learn to focus on our goals and use our time most efficiently in life and at work.
To conduct effective meetings, he shared these seven steps:
1. What is the objective?
2. What question should this meeting answer?
3. What is each participant expected to contribute?
4. How long will this meeting last?
5. Who will be taking notes?
6. Summarize the takeaways and follow-up actions
7. Who will do what by when?
When leading a meeting, practice ESOBAST: That is, Everyone Speaks Once Before Anyone Speaks Twice.
Practice these tips and you are on your way to greater effectiveness and success.