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​Our detox series looks at key challenges faced by leaders and managers.
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08/01/16
So much has been written on this topic, so here is a simple list that avoids jargon and reaffirms tips that are generally known but are sometimes a challenge to put into practice.

1. Be strategic about your work load

Don’t get distracted by the small stuff. There are many strategies to employ to use prioritisation strategies, find one that works for you and use it. If it’s simply a task to distract you from work that is uncomfortable, tedious or difficult don’t make it a priority.

2. Learn to plan

Poor planning is detrimental on a number of fronts. It leads to stress, it drains energy and it leads to poor decision-making. Many managers fail to head the saying 'failure to plan is planning to fail'.

3. Be attentive to staff morale

The lifeblood of any organisation is the people. Their enthusiasm, commitment, drive and passion for the company should not be taken for granted. Making staff feel valued and empowered will always yield investment in terms of staff morale. It reduces staff absenteeism and the associated costs, increases motivation and it also enhances productivity. Companies that invest in staff training and development create resilient organisations and retain good staff.

4. Get plenty of rest

Rest may seem like a luxury when the pending pile and deadlines appear to be relentlessly screaming for attention. The key here is to recognise that a chaotic mind will not be an effective one. Getting plenty of rest means you can plan and prioritise without panicking.

It is impossible for the brain to work effectively without proper rest and scheduling rest is an important management skill.

5. Review everything regularly

It is easy to get into habits and do things because ‘it’s the way things have always been done’. This is risky and can lead to stagnation.

One way to counter this is to take the time out to review and ask; ‘how can we improve?’ Carrying out a review is best done with the help of an independent expert to avoid the tendency to ignore blind spots which may naturally occur when people have got accustomed to the culture of a company.

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