The one real challenge of time management

Recent speaker Robyn Pearce shared a number of time management tips with MD2MD members.

Time management is an interesting and challenging subject to discuss with experienced business leaders, as many of the best techniques for effective time management are actually quite simple. Indeed, Robyn received some criticism for this.  However, most people rated her highly as she facilitated good conversations around the techniques, and most importantly gently challenged people as to whether they were actually putting into practice the theory they so eloquently discussed.

The same dichotomy existed in my mind. I had heard of most of the techniques that Robyn shared before. However, discussing them in detail with my fellow managing directors caused me to realise that knowledge is not enough; it is putting into practice the knowledge that makes the difference.  There were so many areas where I could see that my productivity, efficiency and effectiveness would be improved by actually deploying the techniques that I already knew and that Robyn was reminding me of. So the message of this article is really very simple:

You probably know how you should be managing your time to be more focused, more efficient and more effective… So why aren’t you doing it? What one thing do you need to do better tomorrow… or today? JUST DO IT – FROM NOW!

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Chris Hobbs

Managing Director - Satellite Applications Catapult

"The challenge sessions with my peers always provide insight and actionable approaches to problems that vex me and other C-levels. MD2MD challenges you to be the best leader you can be and never disappoints. "
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Bob Bradley

Bob is a specialist in running high value added service businesses, having run five such businesses as General Manager, Managing Director or Chief Executive. His last employed role was as Chief Executive of a £16M, 200 person family owned business having previously been Chief Executive of an AIM listed company for which he raised £5M funding and which he grew from £4M to £12M in three years through two acquisitions and organic growth, and a corporate PLC subsidiary where he was Managing Director responsible for delivering £10M profit on £45M turnover through 450 staff.

Bob is now following a portfolio career providing entrepreneurial business leaders with mentoring and coaching around business leadership, business growth, merger integration and exit planning.

Core to his portfolio is MD2MD. Having experienced for himself the value of having a strong sounding board of fellow Managing Directors he founded MD2MD in 2004 to provide groups of business leaders with a confidential environment within which they can support and challenge each other to raise their game as leaders and by doing so improve the success of their organisation.

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