Archive for October, 2011

Time management is much broader than most people think!

Posted in Leadership, Management, Teamwork, Time management, Time management/Self-management on October 16, 2011 by Chuc Barnes

Many people think time management is a narrow subject for managing their days. I suggest that time management is broader than that. I propose that that teamwork is a crucial time management skill, and here is information that confirms this.

When having lunch with my friend, Cora, this week, Cora told me that Ewing Kaufman taught her more about teamwork in business than anyone.

In case you don’t know who Mr. Kaufman is, he led Marion Laboratories through the creation, development, and growth of such excellent healthcare products that he earned enough money to buy the Kansas City Royals Baseball team. He then was such a superb owner of the baseball team that Kansas City officials named the KC ballpark “Kaufman Stadium.” He later set up the Kaufman Foundation for Entrepreneurs in Kansas City.

Cora told me that shortly after working for Mr. Kaufman in an entry job, he stopped by her desk and asked her to please come talk with him. She said she went to his office where he politely asked her to sit down. According to Cora, he asked her to tell him what things she thought the company could do to to make it work even better. She said they had a great conversation and he told her that he hoped she’d bring ideas to him anytime she thought a new one might be useful. Furthermore, she said that whenever he saw her, he called her by name.

Cora said she later learned that Mr. Kaufman took time to have one-on-one meetings with every employee and that he welcomed and implemented their ideas.

How much time do you think Mr. Kaufman saved by listening to his teammates?

The record shows that Mr. Kaufman and his team became successful by sharing ideas that helped the entire team.

See why I say that teamwork is time management?