APRIL 2012

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HEALTHY WORK BOUNDRIES ARE NOT A MYTH

Written By Derek Murphy, CEO of The Booth Company


# Facebook made headlines once again, and it was not due to another layout change.  Apparently, the company's second-in-command, COO Sheryl Sandberg leaves work every day at 5:30 p.m. so she's home for dinner with her kids.

If you're wondering why this has any sort of significance, think about all the advancements in technology.  Thanks to our lovely laptops, smartphones, iPads, etc., we can take work anywhere we go, which is both a blessing and a curse. However, Sandberg points out that she not only leaves work when the sun is still shining, she actually spends time with her family once she's home. In other words, she embraces healthy work boundries.

While this is somewhat of a novel approach in today's work environment, it shouldn't be.

According to a report from the Council of Economic Advisers, there is a strong connection between flexibility and productivity, which can help reduce turnover and absenteeism, and provide higher morale and company commitment. 
 
As the manager or executive of your company, you deal with seemingly nonstop responsibilities on a day-to-day basis, but you still need to make sure to have some sort of work-life balance. And remember, employees follow your lead, and if you're staying at the office from 8-8 with no breaks every work day, your employees will (involuntarily) follow suit.
 
I myself, have been guilty of sending emails at 11 p.m., and staying at the office until, well, it was pretty late into the night.  I have constantly reminded myself about work boundaries so my family remembers what I look like.

I'm not perfect about it and I'm sure neither are you, but here are some points to remember...

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LEADERS MUST STAY COOL UNDER PRESSURE

360 Feedback: A Leadership Blog

Effective communication skills will always be crucial for leaders. However, some leaders might not realize how the timing of their decisions is just as important as the message they communicate.

Leaders are called on to make decisions in a timely manner particularly when there is a crisis or there are risk and opportunities that occured due to change.  They can't afford to be indecisive, because if all leaders adopted this philosophy absolutely nothing would get accomplished.

You must have the ability to evaluate information and respond quickly.  If you are not keenly aware of the latest news in your marketplace, or of your company's financial operational information, and internal culture, you are most lekely perceived as hesitant in decision making.

Think about decision you have made in the past, were yo slow to come to that decision?  If so, you may lacke the confidence to take command of situations where rapid decision-making skills are required.  You might have difficulty sorting through complicated situation or resist making a decision fearing it will...


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