Inspirational Infusion

#24 — March 1, 2011

Don’t be a time manager. Be a priority manager.

— Denis Waitley

Welcome, Inspired Traveler:

How many decisions have you already made today, before reading this newsletter? Which route did you take to work? Are you business or casual? Coffee, latte or cappuccino? These are not life-changing decisions and will probably not be the most important ones you make today.

So, how do you make decisions? Do you simply manage your time or do you manage your priorities? In an era of doing more with less, the ability to separate the priorities in our lives is critical to leaders today. Your decisions will affect many others — so how do you clarify them and ensure that you address the most important issues first?

By now you know that I am a proponent of asking the right questions, so here are a few to get you started on evaluating your decisions, based upon their priorities:

* Is it in relationship with your core values?
When our decisions are in alignment with our core values, it becomes easier to prioritize them. Is this decision integral to the greater good, does it honor the entire organization or department? Is it intrinsic to the success of the whole?

* Is it in relationship with the overall strategy?
Leaders must plan strategically and focus on both mission and vision. Simply accomplishing our “to do” list is not the answer; busyness is not prioritizing and will not necessarily benefit the long term growth — of the organization or the people we serve.

* Is it in relationship with the standards of quality?
The priorities of leadership center around being the best we can be and doing the best we can do to provide quality service to our corporations, our customers and our co-workers. If my decision increases quality and value to all three, it is probably a priority.

* Is it in relationship with those who matter most?
All of our actions and decisions must be in line with those we serve. Our time must be used wisely because it is limited. Therefore, my priorities as a leader should enhance my authentic relationship with my customers and my employees; they should serve the organization that has entrusted me with their business goals.

How we manage our time and our money speaks volumes about what we value. Those you serve are always watching how you spend your time. We all know that we need to lead by example and being able to set priorities is a defining characteristic of successful leaders. So, lead by prioritizing and then go have a cappuccino. Or an espresso!

Be Magnificent! Have an Inspirational Day!


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