Experience is indeed a great teacher. There are things that we don’t get taught or trained in and just end up acquiring the skills as we go through life. But it would greatly save everyone time not having to go through trial-and-error, mistakes, and failures and someone just handed us a cheat sheet through specific areas in our life.
Col. Brenda Dietzman provides us with tips and tricks on how to be an efficient leader by sharing executive skills she’s learned in her career. Brenda is a passionate speaker with almost three decades’ worth of law enforcement and corrections experience. Upon retiring, she co-founded Wayfinder Consulting, LLC, which provides individual and organizational training and presentations for both the public and private sectors.
Specifics of her discussion is on:
- How being busy and a packed schedule started being a badge of honor and how organization and navigation skills surrounding these can greatly improve productivity.
- Examining the things that we need to be, should be, want to be, and shouldn’t be doing in a workday.
- How inefficiencies, multi-tasking, and low-or no-value activities are keeping us from accomplishing things.
- The art of doing only what we can do to keep us from getting stressed and burnt out.
- How utilizing to-do lists activates the production of dopamine in our body which then motivates us to tick off each of the items listed.
- Time management hacks to try which include time blocking, the two-minute rule, time pockets, and intentionality.
- How meetings tend to waste a lot of time and tips on how to make meetings efficient by:
- Allocating time for prep, setting up a clear agenda, and managing expectations on the time allotted for each topic on the agenda.
- Encouraging preparation, critical thinking, and participation by posing agenda items as questions.
- Allowing people to chime in with their opinions and moderating the meeting to prevent going off-topic.
- How consecutive virtual meetings actually made people inefficient by not providing enough time to prepare for each of them.
- The value in turning off email notifications and not checking each time something comes in and instead blocking off a specific time dedicated just for emails.
- Guidelines in writing emails and leaving voicemails that are straightforward and efficient.
- Information management hacks and tools to incorporate into your workday to boost productivity.
- Notes apps/software that stores pertinent information.
- Templates or checklists to be used for high-risk-low-frequency and repetitive tasks.
- Reviewing workforce processes to improve or fix common pain points.
- Tackling review of policies and procedures in smaller chunks across a stretch of time.
- Taking the time to delegate to make room for more meaningful tasks and likewise share the knowledge and skills with others.
- Physical space consideration that supports better productivity, efficiency, and overall wellness.
- Letting go of the concept of perfection in things where good is good enough.
- How knowing the audience you’re addressing can save you time and effort.
- The importance of not focusing on the problem but resolving it.
- Taking on the challenging tasks and ‘eating frogs’ first instead of dreading it throughout the day.
- Using time spent on the road driving for planning, reflecting, and self-evaluation.
- The value of mentoring and teaching others about executive skills to make things easier and processes run smoother.
Points raised by the webinar audience were on:
- Where they can catch more of Brenda.
- How to deal with the deluge of unattended work emails and voicemails upon coming back from vacation.
- Productivity tools that incorporate the concepts discussed.
- How to rein in a discussion that goes off on a tangent.
- ‘Post-it crumbling’ for a dopamine hit.
- Getting older workers to embrace technology.
- Helping a disorganized manager be more structured.
- Better ways of navigating vacation time through out-of-office replies and other tools.
Other Presentations with this Speaker
- Growing Your Career by Developing Your Brand
- Leadership: Lessons Learned throughout a Career
- Executive Skills: How to Be a More Efficient Leader at Any Level (this webinar)
- Nov 2: Preparing for Your Second Career from Day 1
- “This class provided great managerial advice, which was nice but unexpected. There were excellent techniques that I will use in my work (looking into Onenote now). I appreciated the practical applicability and the candid response/recommendations to questions and difficult situations.” — Amanda
- “I really enjoyed the ‘tomato timer’ concept and suggestions for how to prioritize/organize my to-do list!” — Alec
- “Brenda is an amazing speaker and I look forward to hearing more from her.” — Amy
- “The entire presentation was valuable. I wouldn’t change a thing.” — Charmagne
- “I learned how to be more organize and to delegate things to others.” — Edith
- “The tips about managing meetings, organizing my calendar, after-action items, being intentional with my time ,etc. The presentation was brief, concise, and easy to follow. Thank you.” — Edward
- “I enjoyed learning how the speaker suggested emails be sent with the use of the one subject per email. Also how to attack the to do list… very informative.” — Lourdes
- “The words, “Quit admiring the problem,” spoke to me. I often ‘think’ whatever the problem is…to death! This made me realize that I am admiring it versus just getting it solved. Brenda is my absolute favorite presenter. If she is contributing, I will be here! Thanks!” — Kelly
- “Meeting efficiency: This is a huge problem in our organization – going off-topic, taking too long to discuss an issue, etc. This will help me to run more effective, efficient meetings as an example to others.” — Lisa
- “Organization is so important. This webinar really has some interesting suggestions to make improvements. I really want to see what I can implement and benefit from in the future.” — Ronald
- “I like how she discussed how her investigative workload was starting to get to her. It’s good to hear how others handled situations similar to that.” — Trevor