I thought this was a good way to start the year as we turn our eyes back to work after the new year break.

The last couple of years have been pretty crazy. If nothing else we have all needed to step in to cover colleagues while they take their turn with covid. Add to that the substantial adjustments required of us all to optimise new ways of working and it's been ‘busy'.

So, how to get above all the extra ‘busyness'?

Richard Medcalf is a personal friend, a leadership coach to some of the top CEOs on the planet and someone who has helped me deliver more while being less busy.

He's running a webinar called “Making Time For Strategy: How to Be Less Busy and More Successful,” based on his new book, 
Making Time For Strategy, on Wednesday, February 8.

You can register for the webinar here to be there live or catch the recording.

In this 60-minute session, you'll:

  • Clarify what your most strategic activities really are.
  • Understand why your previous attempts at freeing yourself up haven't worked, and what to do instead.
  • Identify which of the four main strategies will work best for you right now.
  • Leave with practical ideas to implement straight away.

This will be an insightful hour for anyone wanting to be a more strategic leader. 
Register here.

I hope that helps. More next week.

Kind regards,

PS  Even if you can’t attend, do register, as you'll be able to access the recording. Sydneysiders … this will be 3am for you, so most likely you'll want the recording.



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