Learn to say no and take time to think.
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Does your management style as a company manager depend on the situation? Or do you instinctively adapt your style to specific conditions?
I interviewed Serguei Beloussov, CEO of global tech and cybersecurity company Acronis, at their Global Cyber Summit in Miami, FL. When asked about his personal management style, Beloussov told a story about a hockey game he was playing in Finland. One of the teams was more skilled, but the other team played faster. "While the faster team made more mistakes, their speed made it impossible for the skillful team to keep up and the faster team won," explained Beloussov. "One thing about leadership style is that I try to act in a situation where there is a lot of change, and act faster in those situations than is possible to organize." He went on to say that situations like this They force “doing things that might seem impossible at first” and that leadership styles always change to meet the demands of the situation. “The main thing is that you have to be detail-oriented, practical and ready to adapt your style. "
In today's business and economic climate, being able to adapt has never been more important. Beloussov's advice inspired me to reflect critically on the daily habits that successful leaders engage in every day. Here are eight habits that most leaders agree on.
1. Enter the thinking time in your calendar
Maybe it's the overwhelmed feeling that slowed you down. The "cool kids" in the business world have figured out that being busy shouldn't be worn as a badge of honor. Warren Buffett spends a lot of time thinking, and says this is a key to his success. Take your time to think. It is one of the modern luxury items of the 21st century.
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2. Play like a team
We hear the sports analogies all the time, but they go well with this business principle. When you're trying to put together a winning team, your people are your players. Rather than a top-down approach to team leadership, "coach leaders" activate their teams to win championships and help "players" take responsibility for their roles.
3. Learn to say no
Too many demands on your time, especially meetings, can consume creativity and energy and leave you little time to accomplish something in a day. It's okay to say no to meetings if you don't expect much to add to the conversation. Don't say much more and you'll be surprised how this affects your productivity.
4. Check email only once a day
This is going to be a challenge at first, especially when most of us check emails on our phones several times an hour. You don't have to completely ignore your inbox all day, however. Easily mark emails that may require attention on the same day and reply to them when the time is right. You get a lot more focused when you force yourself to hold back emails outside of the scheduled time.
5. Plan, plan, and plan more
At no point has planning been more appealing than now, when so many executives wished they could go back six months and plan this current reality. Now is a good time to analyze and understand what is driving your business and decide what to do if that changes.
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6. Plan your day around your brain
When does your brain shoot all the cylinders? Some of the most effective leaders prefer to wake up at 4 a.m. and go to the office before anyone else, and then spend the first four hours of the day in the primary mode of critical thinking. Your pattern could be just the opposite. If you pay attention, you can find the schedule that works best for your brain.
7. Maintain personal relationships
When you bring positive energy and commitment into your personal relationships, it has an immediate positive effect on your career and the way you interact with colleagues in the workplace. Just a small change in attitude can make all the difference, especially in our digital world. Pay attention to your communication style and remember to stay positive.
8. Get out of your comfort zone
As much as possible, I try to push myself to do something new and possibly unpleasant every day. It could be something as simple as starting a conversation with a stranger, or something more daring than agreeing to speak at a conference. As you move beyond your comfort zone, it grows and you can make valuable connections.
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