“Time is an illusion, too often wasted,
Time can be made, alas, not created,
Time is money but can not be lent,
Can not be bought, but can be spent.”
It doesn’t matter how we approach our time management, we all have 168 hours available to us in every week.
Time management is an illusion. What we really have to learn is how to make the best use of the time we have - to be more personally effective.
Many of us have been on time management courses, or read time-management books. They all promise things like “The best way to manage your time” or some-such, but we often find that the processes we learn ‘work’ for us for a couple of weeks and then we settle back into our old ways. Primarily this is because we are all utterly unique, both in habit and approach, and a one-size-fits-all approach will never work in the long term.
This course goes beyond the usual time-management course by enabling participants to think about how we manage ourselves within time, and then build your own, customised time-utilisation strategy. This approach has a pre-requisite that we know ourselves, both in terms of our preferences as well as our personal filters; as well as when we are at our most effective for different kinds of work. If that can be describe as an ‘Inner Focus’; then the behaviours that we exhibit may be considered as an ‘Outer Focus’. While the Inner focus will be achieved mainly through pre-work; the workshop itself focuses on the Outer Focus.
The Outer Focus will be introduced by means of a simple ‘formula’ that participants will use to build their own time-utilisation strategy toolkit. It uncovers common misconceptions as well as drawing on the latest cognitive science and neuroscience research; including (but not limited to) Mindset, Grit and a prioritisation approach built on one from the US military. It is more based on practise rather than theory, though links to reference material will be provided.
The skills developed are applicable to staff at all levels and in all roles.
You'll be given a customised workbook designed to maximise learning.
It is packed with useful content, so all you need to bring is a pen, your questions, and an enquiring mind ready to explore, learn, share and have some fun!
Jonathan came recommended to me and from my first contact I could see why. He took the time to listen and understand what we were trying to achieve, before making some useful suggestions, from overall vision and structure, to the finer details of the away-day, to ensure everything went smoothly. The tools and techniques Jonathan employed, together with his positive personal manner, kept the session involving very senior staff on track, and productive. I expect we will engage Jonathan again in the future and I've already recommended him to my colleagues.
I would like to recommend Jonathan as a great career/professional development Coach, which is something he did a lot during his time at HP. I was in touch with him at a time I was trying to make the transition from a Marketing Program manager role into my first Sales Management position. He really helped me to analyse my situation and then figure out how to move forwards - and I did indeed make a successful transition, with his help - but he also challenged me as a good Coach should, to think more broadly and approach my situation from different perspectives, try different techniques. He has a lot of experience in this area & I hope now others outside of HP will be able to benefit more from his coaching.
A long day but some very clever working practices are shown. Nice that it's not a 'cookie cutter' workshop. Thank-you!
Really helpful workshop - thank-you ! The team will be empowered to understand the needs of our clients better and therefore develop and improve our service.
Jonathan enables me to think more clearly about my own business and be more resolute in making decisions. His approach is patient, gently probing and imaginative. He has lots of good tips and resources and a delightful manner to boot.
I have worked with Jonathan as a personal coach since early 2012. I am a firm believer in investing in continuous professional and personal development. Working with Jonathan has taken me leaps and bounds further forward in understanding myself, my working style and how I can be more effective and more fulfilled at work. I have developed far more since working with Jonathan than I have done relying on workplace-based support in the past. Jonathan is an expert in his field with the qualifications and years of experience to back it up, and this comes through very strongly in working with him. I have recommended Jonathan to colleagues since I started working with him and shall continue to do so.
Jonathan quickly understood the issues and worked effectively with me towards finding the answers. Money very well spent by me to address important business challenges. Will use him again for my own work in the future. Book him now before it is too late !!
Jonathan has thought deeply and read widely on team work - as a result he is bursting with useful insights that means you're sure to take away useful ideas that will be immediately applicable to your situation.
Main take-away: When receiving feedback, take responsibility to facilitate the person giving the feedback - i.e. don't be too passive.
I had the pleasure of working with Jonathan recently whilst co facilitating a leadership development course. Jonathan is blessed with a highly creative, imaginative and energetic style. Whilst working with Jonathan I observed him use both theory and practice well when working with clients, I also observed that Jonathan has a natural coaching nature which commands strong rapport by those who work with him. I would recommend Jonathan to future clients.
If you want to learn how to save yourself from death by multi-tasking and get your life back, come on this course (Maximum Effectiveness).
Useful understanding how clients will perceive the world and how we can adapt to their personality.
I would have no problem recommending Jonathan. He is a pleasure to work with as: he’s quick to learn and question; tailors his approach to each specific situation; helped to guide my decision making from initial idea generation through to action; delivered exceptional workshops, which are enjoyable, inclusive, fair and at the necessary times direct; and, has helped me to achieve way beyond what I thought was possible from group exercises. Highly highly recommended.
Having used various similar systems such as Myers Briggs in the past with interesting but not wildly helpful results, we were really delighted with the detail, accuracy and valuable insight that you and the Keirsey Temperament Sorter brought to our working relationship. We had been struggling in our team to work as powerfully together as we knew we were really capable of, because there were some quite fundamental aspects to our styles that we needed to understand, consider and accommodate. Knowing the results and having your brilliant guidance and suggestions through the process has made us profoundly more effective and created a much happier office environment.
As you're working through the material, keep picturing the real life situations in which you will be applying these principles - so it doesn't stay merely in the abstract world of ideas. My main takeaway was: Be specific in feedback.
It has been a game changer for us as a team. There have been times when things have gone wrong and we haven't been quite sure why. The workshop helped to identify those things and has given us the tools to fix them. It has made us much better at celebrating our differences rather than being tripped up by them. My main take-away is that with trust you can push through just about any challenge together - and it was especially helpful to identify the things that build trust and the things that break them.
An excellent insight into the behaviour traits of my team and why. Prior to the meeting, I thought it would be a waste of my time !
Jonathan was engaged to work with my senior leadership team of 12 people over the course of twelve months. I found him very knowledgeable and attentive, listening carefully to what we were seeking to achieve, but contributing his own ideas too. He carefully involved me in the planning of a series of workshops which he delivered professionally and flexibly. Colleagues in the team really valued his input and approach which added value to the team.
Loved the idea of personalising your approach and time depending on who you are. Brilliant to give time and thought to the biggest thing that will impact our success - our use of time! Jonathan is the perfect guide.
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