A common theme emerges when talking to managers working in high pressure, high profile sectors – their description of working in what feels like a relentless squeeze. A squeeze created by heavy workloads, constant pressure and sometimes just enough organisational resources to get the work done. Another common theme is that of great fatique, the inadequacy of annual leave to refresh or regenerate and their distress in realising that their heart may have gone out of their job, even though they like aspects of it.

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An amazing thing occurred this week throughout New Zealand and Australia. The annual coach week was held from 14 – 18 May 2007 to raise community and businesses' awareness of coaches and the coaching profession. A number of different events happened, ranging from complimentary one on one coaching sessions by coaches, held in city shopping malls, to key speakers touring around different cities, speaking at coaching events hosted by International Coach Federation (ICF) Chapters.

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Assess your life by using the wheel

The following 8 areas represent balance in life, and by assessing how satisfied you are in each area it may assist you in identifying your goals. (Feel free to change the labels if you prefer another explanation).

How satisfied are you in each of the following areas in your life?

 Wheel Of Life

The centre of the wheel –

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Tolerations are things that annoy us, occupy our mind, make us fret and ultimately, drain our energy.

"Tolerations" are the things that annoy us, occupy our mind, make us fret and ultimately, drain our energy.   They're like a great weight we carry around with us. They are the things we typically mention – to ourselves, family, friends, workmates – and often begin with "oh, that's right, I mustn't forget to do X"

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How we use it is up to us

  • Time is inelastic – demand has no influence on supply
  • All we get is all there is – 60 minutes to the hour; 24 hours per day=1440 minutes to use each 24 hours – about 480 minutes per working day – how we use it is up to us
  • Time is a valuable resource
  • Time is irreplaceable –

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This can be used to achieve personal or organisational goals.

This can be used to achieve personal or organisational goals.

1. Define the goal(s) you want to achieve.

2. Determine what's required to achieve them.

3. Keep them SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-framed).

4. Document the goals and actions needed to achieve them.

5. Do the doing – write the plan then work the plan!

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Self limiting beliefs (SLB's) are those thoughts we have that hold us back; limit our view of what we believe ourselves capable of and stop us going forward, in some way.

Self limiting beliefs (SLB's) are those thoughts we have that hold us back; limit our view of what we believe ourselves capable of and stop us going forward, in some way.

SLB's can also be beneficial. It can suit us not to move forward,

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Practice these steps to improve your problem solving/decision making ability.

Problem solving and decision making is a key management function. Practice these steps to improve your problem solving/decision making ability.

  1. Identify the symptoms of a problem
  2. Define the problem
  3. Analyse the problem
  4. Develop alternative solutions
  5. Evaluate possible solutions/alternatives
  6. Select the best solution – make a choice/decision
  7. Implement the decision
  8. Follow-up and evaluate the results

Identify the Symptoms

Take notice of what you see around you in the workplace.

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Managers must perform several major functions or activities to establish the success of any organisation.

Managers must perform several major functions or activities to establish and operate an effective organisation. The key management functions include planning, organising and staffing, leading and controlling. Each function is critical to the success of any manager and organisation.

 

Planning

This is analysing a situation, determining the goals that will be pursued in the future and deciding in advance the actions that will be taken to achieve these goals.

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Successful managers and business owners spend most of their time working 'on' their business/service and little time 'in' it.

If you had a periscope, how would you be? See the things in front of you or the waves upon the sea?

If you had a business, what is it you'd do? Everything because you can and have, or the stuff that's just for you?

If you had to travel,

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