Send a Clear Message About Time Management

Why do so many organizations sink into chaos? Managers mouth vague marching orders about "results," "company direction," "accountability," and other fuzzy concepts. Followers -- left to develop their own interpretations of what the boss means -- waste time by working at cross-purposes and by mishandling projects.

To correct this problem, communicate clearly about core topics, including how people should manage their time. Emphasize the importance of using time strategically rather than trying to get more things done faster. Explain where your team should focus its energy, so it can free up resources needed to achieve your unit's most important goals.

Today's Management Tip of the Day was adapted from the HBR article, "The Five Messages Leaders Must Manage," by John Hamm.

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  July 21, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  | Category:  Management Tip of the Day
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