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Intentional choices instead of Distracting Devices

I was coaching a Senior Leader last week and the issue of burnout came up. I gave her an exercise to explore the sources of stress and anxiety for her, by going through a typical week and journaling where she spent her time. I also asked her to share her weekly screen time breakdown usage with me which proved to be the most revealing.

Her total daily screen time was 5 Hours 51 minutes per day!

Her Weekly Screen time highs were

  • Instagram 5 hrs 41 mins
  • Whats app 4 hrs 32 mins
  • Facebook 4 hrs 9 mins
  • Spotify 3 hrs 18 mins
  • Podcasts 2 hrs 24 mins

Her daily pick ups to look at her phone were 77 with most pick ups on Wednesday topping out at 95 to bring her a total weekly pick up number of 503!

My coaching client is not alone, take a look at your own screen time to see how you compare. My view is we are not reflecting on what this attention economy is doing to our lives.

The US Average is that we spend 5.4 hours a day on our phones each day, 2.24 hours on social media! We check our phones 63 times a day and we are exposed to almost 5,000 advertising messages a day online. We need to wake up and see we are being programmed to react to what others want from us. Advertisers want us to feel needy and unfulfilled so they can promote their products and services through influencers. The perfect body, vacation, house, lifestyle, job! The pressure to be perfect is coming from the outside in.

In my book ‘Future Your Career’, I spoke about determining what you want ‘from the inside out’. We are now living through a massive change in how we work and we need to start making intentional choices based on what we want in our future. We only get what someone else wants of us from our i-phone. We will get what we want when we create space in our lives to visualise and mentally rehearse what we want. This is what Hi- Performing Sport’s athletes do, so why not learn from them. This week choose to be intentional in your choices and not just reacting to what others want from you.

Stand for something – as the saying goes “be yourself everyone else is taken!”

#leadership #futureofwork #timemanagement

 

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Becoming a Talent Builder

In this episode of The Chord, John Fitzgerald talks to Joan Hodgins, Global Talent Director at Diageo.

Joan is a Business Leader, HR Professional and Chartered Occupational Psychologist with over 20 years commercial experience, both consulting and in-house in a range of HR roles.

In the interview we talk about Joan’s career journey to date, the fierce competition for talent that’s changing the way companies are hiring and how Diageo are growing talent from within.

Hope you enjoy the show!

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Early Careers – Onboarding and Retaining New Graduates

In this episode of The Chord, John Fitzgerald talks to Siobháin Scanlon, Early Careers Manager at Musgrave.

Siobháin provides opportunities to talented graduates in their early careers – by helping them discover exciting careers in the food retail industry and preparing for the future of work.

In the interview we talk about what it’s like to oversee and manage an award-winning graduate programme and some of the initiatives that Musgrave partake in to stay ahead and set their graduate employees up for success.

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Acknowledgement instead of Acceleration

In a recent workshop I was facilitating for an Organisation, the topic of acknowledgement came up as a common themes in many strands of feedback to the Leadership Team.

A new hybrid ways of working model was being rolled out and the top team were looking for everyone’s buy-in. It soon became clear in the room the model was not getting the buy in they expected.

After some break out sessions and listening to different feedback on the tables it became clear no one really understood the new ways of working model, it had been poorly communicated and the middle manager group were of the view- isn’t this what we do every day anyway!

It was a great example of a business accelerating the change process without any acknowledgement of what people have been through in the past two years. Every business loves a structure, a model, a system to simplify the change process.

In facilitating many of these sessions down through the years, it is clear to me that we focus too much on getting the model right while less on the implications of how this plays out in the real world context of doing my day job.

Humans are complex, change is challenging but one thing is constant. People want to be acknowledged for the work they do, for the unique challenges they have overcome (like working remotely for the past two years). In our rush to accelerate the next change project we are failing to acknowledge our people.

Take the time to listen without rushing in with the answer, empathise instead of criticizing and acknowledge instead of accelerating. These leadership skills are undervalued in the constant striving for more.

As in nature change takes time and cannot be forced.

Processed Fast Foods are bad for us, yet we gobble them down each day. Organic Slow Foods take more time to grow, are less perfect but are much better for us longer term.

Take the time to acknowledge someone on your team today.

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Email Overwhelm on National Workplace Wellbeing Day

One Golden Rule for Email Overwhelm for #NationalWorkplaceWellbeingDay .

We used to get the mail delivered once a day by the postman, it used to be around 1pm in the day where I grew up. On school holidays, I would look out the window in anticipation for the postman to drive into our yard to see if there would be any letters. The opening of the letters was done by my Dad with a sharp knife to ensure we didn’t tear the envelope. It was a daily event.

Now we get our emails delivered to our inbox at every time of day. We are overwhelmed and we will never get to open them all. Anticipation has been replaced by anxiety. The faster we respond, the more we set up the opportunity for another email to come flying back.

It reminds me of a tennis rally at speed that only stops when we fail to return the ball. Failing to return an email makes us feel like we are losing, we are letting someone down. Email has evolved to become a volley of shots we simply have to return as soon as possible.

My Golden Rule is to develop the habit of returning emails once a day. Once you start responding automatically, you are sending a message you are ever ready. If it’s an emergency, people can call you.

Focus first on your Intention and what you want to create and achieve. There will always be someone trying to get your attention.

Being ‘Ever Ready’ impacts you being #futureready .

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The World’s First Human Digital Bank

In this episode of The Chord, John Fitzgerald talks to Nick Fahy, Chief Executive Officer of Cynergy Bank.

Cynergy Bank is a ‘human digital bank’ serving the needs of ‘scale up’ or medium sized and fast growing SMEs and professionals.

In the interview we talk about Nick’s journey in leading the bank through a period of rapid growth, the importance of developing winning corporate partnerships and some of the challenges and opportunities one encounters when scaling a digital challenger bank.

Nick is a highly experienced financial professional having worked within the banking sector for over 20 years across the UK, Ireland and Australia in a variety of senior executive roles.

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How Boards are changing for Future of Work

In this episode of The Chord, John Fitzgerald talks to Kieran Moynihan, Managing Partner of Board Excellence.

Kieran helps boards of directors and individual directors excel in the areas of effectiveness and performance. He is an internationally-recognised thought leader in the area of board dynamics, effectiveness, performance and corporate governance.

In this podcast episode we talk about the challenges boards face, the partnership between executive and non-executive board members and what board members need to do so they excel and work as a high-performing team in the future.

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Digital Transformation and the Future of Virtual Work

In this episode of The Chord, John Fitzgerald talks to Dr. Sarah Kieran, Researcher and Lecturer at the Kemmy Business School in the University of Limerick.

Sarah is a Lecturer in the Department of Work and Employment Studies. She is founder of the KBS WorkFutures Lab and the recipient of a Horizon 2020 Rise award for research into the Digital Transformation of Work.

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The Societal Purpose of a Business Brand

In this episode of The Chord, John Fitzgerald talks to Stephen Barry, Managing Partner at Stepworks about how leaders can ensure their organisation thrives in the future by working on society focused brand activities.

Stepworks is an independent branding agency based in Hong Kong. They work with some of Asia’s most respected and ambitious organisations to create valuable competitive advantages through design-driven brand building services.

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How Customer Experience Drives Organisation Growth

In this episode of The Chord, John Fitzgerald talks to Caroline Cooney-Hurell, Customer Experience Strategist at Explora Journeys about how her leadership skills and ability to motivate and empower those around her helped fast-track her career.

Caroline is a senior executive with a proven track record in leading customer service operations for multinational companies.

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