A speech I gave at the HRMATT Conference in Port of Spain on May 13, 2013 on the ways that time management 2.0 can be used to lift executive performance.
From the conference brochure:
“No man, it’s alright. No problem.” The Caribbean is famous for its laid-back attitude, so perfect for getting away from the stresses of the world's capitals. However, it’s not so much fun when you live here and have to experience this attitude first-hand at the Driver's Licensing Office.
Why does this and other awful experiences persist?
Our research at Framework Consulting tells us that it’s a historical backlash. Slavery and indentureship brought harsh consequences for the smallest infractions, and as its descendants we have responded: our workplaces are remarkably free of consequences, feedback and real accountability.
Reversing the tide of history will take more than just talk however.
A few years ago we embarked on a project to train over 80 of the top executives of a regional conglomerate in three countries - primarily in Trinidad but also in Barbados and Jamaica. Quite separately, we also conducted the same transformation program in these three countries in different companies. We learned that our region's professionals are loathe to give feedback, but also that it's easy to correct the problem with the right intervention using customized cases and video-taped feedback.
Come and learn the nuances of changing a core behaviour that plagues Caribbean companies.
There's a reason project managers have a tough time with team members who don't pull their weight. It's because their time management skills vary so much that it makes the task of hitting deadlines difficult.
This speech was given to the Project Management Institute's Dr. Bird Chapter in Kingston Jamaica. It describes the journey undertaken by the protagonist in the book "Bill's Im-Perfect Time Management Adventure." At a certain part of the story, he must find a way to improve the skills of his team-members so that they can fulfill their mandate, and also avoid being laid off due to low productivity. He's forced to take some risks to realize this goal that brings him into direct confrontation with company policies and an employee who wants to see him fail. http://perfect.mytimedesign.com
Recently, I gave an interview on TVJ outlining the impact of work at home policies on companies in Jamaica. I looked at the issue from a time management / productivity perspective and brought in some lessons from "Bill's Im-Perfect Time Management Adventure"
What would it take to make a more productive Jamaican workplace?
This interview on March 1, 2013 took place on a radio show and addressed this question, using ideas from my book, Bill's Im-Perfect Time Management Adventure.
Why do professionals seem to be using new technology such as email or smartphones so badly? I addressed this question in a speech given to the Jamaica Employers Federation Convention 2011. I spoke about the fact that as mobile and other technologies spread, companies need to put in place policies to safeguard employee productivity and safety.
Smartphones are about to become ubiquitous in the workplace. What will happen when many of the unproductive and even dangerous habits that have arisen become widespread? What will Caribbean companies do about the drop in productivity that is likely to ensue?
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Caribbean Time Management? Is this just an oxymoron, or are there ways to impact the productive skills of our professionals, knowing that we can't just send them to a course in New York and hope for the best. If not, what exactly can we do?
This recording is the first in a two part series covering the 7 Fundamentals of Time Management.
For more details, see http://2time-sys.com and download the report: The New Time Management - Focus on the Fundamentals and Toss Away the Tips.
This recording is the second in a two part series covering the 7 Fundamentals of Time Management.