Poor Time Management Skills holding you back?

Have you ever felt that you have more management talent than you're being given credit?

You may be the leader in sales production, the most effective trainer, the one everyone comes to for the answers to the tough questions, but not the manager who is getting the recognition.

From my experience, judging a person's leadership talent is often overshadowed by the same person's ability, or lack of, to master time.

Continually being late for work, late for meetings and leaving the impression that these things are not important or not manageable may be more detrimental than one might imagine. What does it say about a manager that cannot organize his or her life to meet these obligations?

For ease, let's name this person, Jos. A. Manager. Joe has been a driving force in the business, his people are highly motivated team players, the profit margin produced by his team is among the top, his customers are highly satisfied. It would seem that Joe would be next in line for a promotion.

Yes, from those who know him well, it would seem so. What about the others? The corporate leaders may have a totally different perspective. A majority of them have gotten to where they are now, in large part, by being overly organized, extremely disciplined, and experts of time management. They could possibly view Joe as nonexistent as far as upward mobility. They may have classified Joe by his middle name, A, meaning Average. So Joe Average Manager is passed over for consideration. His excellent talents are smothered by his lack of focus on managing his time more effectively.

Is it fair? Probably not.

Is it reality? You tell me.

Bill

Views: 2

Tags: Bill Baumgartner, Leadership, Promotion, Talent, Time Management

Comment

You need to be a member of FohBoh to add comments!

Join FohBoh

Comment by Michael Biesemeyer on March 1, 2010 at 10:16pm
Why is it that the creative, brilliant, non-conformist-types usually have this tendency towards flakiness? Could it be that they resist anything resembling routine, and that is why they are able to be so unique and fresh?

I've found that a lot people who have conventional leadership qualities (type A personalities, over-achievers, highly organized, etc.) are also fairly predictable and not all that innovative or free in their thinking. They can be very focused on following schedules, getting things done, and being extremely disciplined.

Often, the best ideas come from people who are a complete mess. I guess you just don't put them in charge of anything...you simply let them be wacky and creative.
Comment by Bill Baumgartner on March 1, 2010 at 5:30pm
@ Emerald - Like you, I like to arrive for work a good half hour before I
am scheduled. By doing this, I guarantee myself plenty of time to rethink my plan for the day.
Comment by Bill Baumgartner on March 1, 2010 at 5:24pm
@Paul - Thanks. You're not only smart, but subtly clever :)
Comment by Emerald Reilly on March 1, 2010 at 11:49am
Bill, this is very much a reality. Sometime we don't see why our efforts go unrecognized, but tardiness might be a major factor in why they do. It shows that you don't care or that what you're late to is not a priority. The way I stay on time? I tell myself that I work a half hour before I actually do.

Non-Operator
Comment by Paul Green on March 1, 2010 at 4:09am
I'm going to have to get back to you later on that, I'm running late for a meeting.

Advertisments

 

DEPARTMENTS

Social Wine Club for Craft Wineries

Smartbrief

Restaurants may feel the pinch of pricier coffee later this year

Prices for arabica coffee futures hit a 26-month high amid a drought in Brazil, which produces a third of the world's coffee  -More

McDonald's rules out all-day breakfast in push to simplify

McDonald's breakfast menu accounts for 25% of the chain's U.S.  -More

Easy ways to use 5 uncommon spring greens

As light, crisp greens arrive at farmers markets and grocery stores, chefs are finding creative ways to add them to spring me -More

JOBS & CAREERS

Posting a job or finding a job starts here at FohBoh. Call us about special $25 posting packages to syndicate across all major jobs boards.

National News

National Restaurant Association Offers Training DVDs on Harassment Prevention, Social Media Use, and Customer Service

The National Restaurant Association has released three new DVDs that offer best practices in dealing with harassment and discrimination, customer service training, and the first of its kind video guide on the use of social media.

Yum! Brands Reports First-Quarter EPS Growth of 24% Excluding Special Items

China Division System Sales Increased 17% with Operating Profit Growth of 80%; Yum! Reaffirms Full-Year Guidance of at Lea

Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes Certified As Nation's Largest 'Green' Restaurant Chain

National Group Salutes Country's Only Large Restaurant Group to be 'Certified Green Restaurants®'

National Restaurant Association and EatStreet Release Online Ordering Guide

The National Restaurant Association and EatStreet have released a free educational guide focusing on online ordering and emerging restaurant technology trends.

Boyd's Coffee Launches Single-Cup Coffees For Retail And Foodservice

The coffees come in a variety of roast levels and include organic and Rainforest Alliance Certified™ options: French No. 6®, Red Wagon® Organic Coffee, Good Morning™, Hi-Rev® (delivers more caffeine), and Lost Lake™ Decaf Organic Coffee.

CROWD FUNDING

If you are looking for capital to start or grow your restaurant, create the next 501c3, develop and launch the next app for the restaurant industry,or want to help your peers in some meaningful way, we want to know about it.

TED TALKS VIDEO

TED: Hamish Jolly: A shark-deterrent wetsuit (and it's not what you think) - Hamish Jolly (2013)

Hamish Jolly, an ocean swimmer in Australia, wanted a wetsuit that would deter a curious shark from mistaking him for a potential source of nourishment. (Which, statistically, is rare, but certainly a fate worth avoiding.) Working with a team of scientists, he and his friends came up with a fresh approach — not a shark cage, not a suit of chain-mail, but a sleek suit that taps our growing understanding of shark vision.

TED: Michel Laberge: How synchronized hammer strikes could generate nuclear fusion - Michel Laberge (2014)

Our energy future depends on nuclear fusion, says Michel Laberge. The plasma physicist runs a small company with a big idea for a new type of nuclear reactor that could produce clean, cheap energy. His secret recipe? High speeds, scorching temperatures and crushing pressure. In this hopeful talk, he explains how nuclear fusion might be just around the corner.

TED: Sarah Lewis: Embrace the near win - Sarah Lewis (2014)

At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward?

TED: Matthew Carter: My life in typefaces - Matthew Carter (2014)

Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you'll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books -- remember them?), takes us on a spin through a career focused on the very last pixel of each letter of a font.

© 2014   Created by FohBoh.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service