Friday, January 24, 2014

5 Notification Settings for Focused Leadership

I recently readjusted my notification settings for all of my social media.  The reason for that was pretty simple, I was being interrupted way too much. Now don't get me wrong. I enjoy finding out what's happening through my different social media platforms, but I don't need to know that information every time it happens.

So while I was pondering how I wanted to be notified about updates and information like that, I started to think about the types of notification settings I have in my leadership?  After all, being reminded about critical tasks and events is one of the most essential things that every leader needs. So after pondering this idea for a little bit, I would like to share with you five ways to set up your notifications to keep your leadership focused. 

1.  Calendar

Early is on time and on time is late. There are so many things coming at leaders that sometimes they forget about important appointments. Setting up your calendar to your phone and allowing it to go off 15 minutes or 30 minutes before every event helps leaders make sure they arrive to all of their appointments on time. 

2. Tasks

There are always important tasks, and sometimes there are menial tasks that leaders put off to the last minute. Having reminders and alarms set to get all tasks completed keeps leaders focused. 

3.  Communication

This is the most important task leaders have to do. Communication must be done frequently and regularly so that followers are informed and know exactly where the organization is going. Setting alarms to schedule emails to the staff and social media posts to the community is an extremely important thing that all leaders must do; otherwise, leaders will forget to communicate ahead of time or completely fail to communicate altogether. 

4.  Monitoring and Evaluating

It is very easy for leaders to keep their eyes off the prize. Setting alarms and reminders to monitor and evaluate projects or classrooms is a very important that leaders must put in place.  These regular notifications to follow up help ensure that accountability occurs in the organization. 

5.. Celebration

Celebration is the fuel of achievement. If you don't fill up the car with gas, you won't have enough gas to reach your destination.  Leaders must set reminders and notifications to keep them focused on celebrating the organization teams that are excelling and individuals that are rising to the occasion. Forgetting to celebrate will ultimately cause your organization to fail. 

Focused Leadership

Leaders are bombarded from the moment they walk in the door. Emails, phone calls, surprise appointments, and other interactions will always deter leaders from getting the job done. Having the 5 notification settings of focus leadership turned on will ensure not only that the job gets done, but that it will get done correctly.  

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