Written by Foo Mei Ling
Ever seen drivers’ texting while driving? Parents on email, while seemingly spending time with their kids? How about working in front of the TV?
Let’s face it, we try to do more things in a single moment, believing that we can either save time, be faster, or have less work at the end of the day.
Yet, each day we start with the leftovers of yesterday’s list. We add onto this, today’s to-dos.
We are currently living and working in a rapidly changing world where we need to possess the capacity for rapid and continuous learning to stay relevant.
It has been the pitfall of many notable industry players who, in their time, never imagined nor anticipated the rise of disruptive technologies thus leaving them unprepared and unable to keep up with their faster and more agile competition.
Similarly, if we do not realise this for ourselves, we may find ourselves become irrelevant very quickly. As David Peterson, director of executive coaching and leadership at Google puts it, “Staying within your comfort zone is a good way to prepare for today, but it’s a terrible way to prepare for tomorrow.” In order to sustain success, you must develop learning agility.
It is normal for most of us to find ourselves juggling the demands of many teams at once in today’s workplace because theoretically, this system of “multiteaming” offers a number of upsides: You can deploy your expertise exactly where and when it’s most needed, share your knowledge across groups, and switch projects during lull times, avoiding costly downtime.
The word ‘meetings’ is a word we dread — they clog up our days, making it hard to get work done in the gaps, and, sometimes, a waste of time.
There’s plenty of advice out there on how to stop spending so much time in meetings or make better use of the time, but does it hold up in reality? Can you really make meetings more effective and regain control of your calendar?
In her article, ‘The Condensed Guide to Running Meetings’, Amy Gallo asks Paul Axell, a personal effectiveness consultant and wrote Meetings Matter: 8 Powerful Strategies for Remarkable Conversations, and Francesca Gino, a professor at Harvard Business School and the author of Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed, and How We Can Stick to the Plan whether much of the conventional wisdom holds true.