Tapping into the talent of women is key to business success. Lol Morrison co-chaired the BT Women’s Network up to 2014, when she left to develop The GameChanger Consultancy, working with growing SMEs and the Talented Woman network.
As an expert in running business change programmes for profit, in the technology, retail, brands and logistics sectors, leading programmes creating improved revenue, profitability and efficiency in organisations, with 19 years’ experience in Strategy with Global Multinational and FTSE 100 companies at Board Level, Lol has a wealth of experience to draw upon and shares that in her programmes for women and at her speaking engagements.
If you want to find out how to do something, the very best place to start is to find out from somebody who knows, and has already done it – as mother of 3 girls under 7, I hope to share with you some great tips to help you be more productive and effective in your business or career.
What qualifies me to do this and why do I care?
Since becoming a mother in 2009, I’ve completed postgraduate and professional qualifications, led corporate programmes and negotiations saving £millions, been the sole breadwinner whilst my husband took 2 years out to stay at home and change his own career direction, created successful coaching courses and programmes for career women and business owners, (I’ve coached 500+ internationally to date), navigated 2 house moves, started public speaking, became a school governor, and am managing to raise 3 happy children, with a happy husband and, most importantly with my own health still intact.
This matters to me, because stress and burnout affects many women, and I was no exception. I had to learn tools and techniques to manage effectively, because when my health diminished, my ambition remained, and many people relied on me – and I suspect many people rely on you too, and that you are reading this because you’re an ambitious and talented woman looking for something that will help you.
So – to action!
Tip 1: Find your ZONE – Understand what you are truly excellent at.
Many people overlook their unique point of excellence, and struggle through life doing things that are not suited to them, simply because they have never hit the “pause” button and stopped to reflect. Or they feel they cannot stop and reflect.
Those that take the time to discover where they excel find that it is life-changing. A simple test: Can you sum up the difference you make to others, or to your industry in 7 words or less?
If not, you are possibly unclear on where your ZONE is and need to work this out, to enable you to focus your time where it will generate the most contribution – to your achievements, health, wealth and wellbeing.
Tip 2: Minimise Distractions
You will know where your distractions come from. To deal with them, they must be recognised first. And once they are recognised, you can create a strategy to manage them.
For much of my corporate life, I was an “Agile” worker – this meant no fixed location, no fixed hours and a nomadic, flexible approach to work. Much like running a business now, so it was fantastic training.
Some friends and family took this to mean I was contactable at all times. This does not work when you are responsible for multi-million pound contracts and programmes. Or if you like getting things done.
The solution, after telling them with love and being, frankly, ignored, was to have 2 phone numbers with different handsets. One of which was turned off when I was working, and the other was turned off when I was with family, unless I was on-call.
The answer is clear boundaries, and sometimes that does mean firm action taking to enforce the boundary you have laid down.
Tip 3 : Understand When and How you Work Best
With my clients, we look at where and how they are spending time and energy over a typical week, and then we look at how they feel and what they may choose if they were setting their own timetable. Obvious to me, as I’ve never been a 9-5 person, but less obvious to some organisations even with the advent of family friendly working policies, and technology and legislation to enable this.
We can be more productive if we work with the rhythms of our lifestyle and health needs. It’s a simple fact, some people are morning people. Some are owls, and do their best and most creative work in the later hours of the night.
Before the advent of electricity, did you know people were bi-phasic sleepers? This meant rest in the early evening, followed by a period of productive work, and a second sleep in the early hours of the morning? Much like having a new born, I find! The thing that changed this was the industrial revolution. People adapted to fit work. I believe it is time work adapted to fit people, which reduces stress and enhances family and social relationships that are essential for our wellbeing, and consequently create conditions for us to produce our best work in life and business. A great book on this is Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
To learn more about Focus and Effectiveness, join Lol for an online teach-in on 4 th April 2016 at 12.30 GMT https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2387313895755053828
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