Time to be good

November 5, 2019 3:45 pm

Our brains continue to develop throughout our lives and the environments we work and live in can either enhance or diminish development.  One of the key elements of any environment and one we don’t typically think about is time.

I came up with the phrase ‘time to be good’ a few years ago when I realised making a conscious choice about how I spend my time enables me be the person I want to be. In this situation, the decision was related to dedicating time for community work.  Since then, I have also recognised that when I deliberately choose how I invest my time at work, it improves not only my performance but also effects my wellbeing.

Similar to most people, I think more deeply and constructively, I listen more intently, and speak more clearly when I am not under intense (typically self-imposed) time pressure and competing priorities.

Neuroscience has shown that we never really multitask – we simply shift our attention back and forth, diverting energy and concentration with every shift. Likewise, science has demonstrated that we are more prone to mental biases and narrow thinking when we are pressed for time.

How to target time to ensure success

Self-development is no longer optional

In a world of constant change, the people who are the most avid learners and adapters will be the winners.

Therefore, making time to reflect, to get feedback and to learn/practice new skills is essential for success. If your employer does not support it, carve out the time and devote the resources to grow yourself.

My recent research related to the conditions that foster thriving in response to challenge found that an active focus on learning is necessary. This means not only gaining new insights but putting new ideas into practice. To this end, we encourage participants to experiment, reflect and gather feedback to help them make incremental shifts for complex skills or to ‘try out’ new behaviours in areas they have been reluctant to change.

We have recently found that the additional follow up touchpoints that have come about as result of offering participants the opportunity to earn digital credentials in all of our development programs, have provided another way to reinforce the embedding of new learning into their day-to-day work life.

Prioritise people leadership

Leaders are in a position to make choices about how they spend their time.  Indeed, that is one of the most important decisions leaders need to make. Unfettered time devoted to people leadership – listening, connecting, coaching, guiding, collaborating – is time well invested.

Similarly, leaders can work with their team members to cultivate a work environment that ensures people have the time to contribute their best in the present and build the capability to perform in the future.

How will you invest your time today?

Dr Connie Henson author of BrainWise Leadership, runs change leadership programs informed by the latest neuroscience research through her company Learning Quest.

For more information on our group-based development program orTalentFAST™ which is Learning Quest’s unique individualised leadership programs that help leaders build their capacity to inspire accountability in others, please contact – Dr Connie Henson chenson@learningquest.com.au or Grainne Davidson: grainne.davidson@learningquest.com.au

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