The Field of Freedom

Would you like to delegate work to someone without feeling the need to step in and do the job yourself? Would you like people to use their initiative without the fear that they might go too far? Whether you are talking to employees, subcontractors, associates or trades people, they all need clear information but also the opportunity to use their initiative and their creativity. Imagine a game in which it was ok for the head coach to run onto the pitch and kick the ball whenever he was unhappy with the way the player was kicking it. Sounds ridiculous? Why then, is it acceptable for a manager to take a job back from a member of his work team and do it himself because he is unhappy with the way the team member is doing it? Who is at fault, the team member or the team manager? The white lines that define the field of play in a game of football, rugby or basketball keep the coach off the pitch during the game. If we are to motivate and enable people we need to give them the space in which to play their own game but we need to keep that game within clear boundaries. We need to delegate responsibility in a way that gives them the greatest scope for development and satisfaction and gives us, the managers, the confidence to let them get on with it – we need to give them a Field of Freedom. * * * “If we are to motivate and enable people we need to give them the space in which to play their own game but we need to keep that game within clear...

10 Ways to Save Time on Emails

1. Empty your inbox and keep it at zero. Be clear on what is coming in, which emails are putting pressure on your time and attention, and what you need to keep on top of. Keeping your inbox at zero will help you make quick decisions about what each email means, which are valuable to you and which you need to be ruthless with. 2. Perfect the art of the subject line. Writing clear subject lines is the best way to reduce the volume of emails coming back to you, as well as ensuring that the emails that you send to others are clearly understood and quickly dealt with by their recipients. Always match your subject lines to the content of your email. 3. Keep it short. The website www.fivesentenc.es. recommends never using more than five sentences in an email. If you have more to say, pick up the phone, or put it in an attached document. Use short bullet point lists to keep your emails brief and to the point. That way, your five sentences can be devoted to describing the action required and your message is more likely to be clearly understood. 4. Make decisions. Never close an email without having decided what action, if any, you need to take as a result. That way, you will never waste time reading an email more than once. Reduce procrastination time by increasing your decisiveness. 5. Turn your email off. Do not be a slave to your email account. Turning it off, even for just an hour a day will increase the focus and energy you have available for...