Two Kinds of Bottleneck. Them…..and You.

The generic term for someone or something that is getting in the way of your productivity is Bottleneck.

The stasis created by the other person involved in the transaction is preventing you from moving forward.

But….

Choose your Communication Method More Carefully – and Don’t be a Mobile Phone

You know how it is when you start seeing the same thing popping up again and again? It sticks in the mind unless addressed. Like the word ‘brouhaha’, which I’d never heard and then heard three times in a week. Suddenly, it was part of my own lexicon. This week, he ‘thing’ that has repeatedlyContinue reading “Choose your Communication Method More Carefully – and Don’t be a Mobile Phone”

Don’t Pull Your Own Trigger

(Bit of an add-on to my last blog, but important, anyway.) It’s the week after Mental Health Awareness Week, which is the UK’s week-long answer to the American Mental Health Awareness Month – maybe a reflection of our shorter attention span or their inability to understand things quickly, who knows?  During this period I haveContinue reading “Don’t Pull Your Own Trigger”

Question Your Attitude Towards ‘Time Management’.

Attitudes to Time Management vary. When I use this title, I am not referring to how people ‘see’ time management as a method, or technique, or as a great big pile of ‘new stuff to learn’. No, what I intend to address here is more about people’s attitude towards whether or not they actually wantContinue reading “Question Your Attitude Towards ‘Time Management’.”

Effective Memo Management

You’d be amazed how badly people deal with incoming mail. Not e-mail – that’s an essay in and of itself, but paperwork, including documentation received through electronic case management systems as well as internal memoranda and general mail. The main problem is a reluctance to deal with it, and that reluctance comes from the factContinue reading “Effective Memo Management”

DC W.S. Churchill, 2005. How Auto-University Solved a Murder.

I’m not sure if it’s my age, my musical taste or any other issue but it drives me nuts when I am passed by a yoof in a car and all I can discern from the ‘music’ being played inside it is a rhythmic thudding, which is assaulting the occupant’s ears far more aggressively thanContinue reading “DC W.S. Churchill, 2005. How Auto-University Solved a Murder.”

Push Their Stuff Away With Your Stuff -When You Can.

One of the key psychological barriers to stress-free living is the internal conflict that arises between what others require us to do and what we want to do. Most of the time and for most people, we choose our professions and we love to do what our professions require of us. Unfortunately, what we perceivedContinue reading “Push Their Stuff Away With Your Stuff -When You Can.”

Help! I need input from those ‘young in service’ officers and staff.

I want to know what methods newer staff are being taught that helps them cope with their workload. If any.

Brief Backwards – Put your Team before the Organisation

That’s a title that most managers would consider an anathema to good policing, but it really isn’t a threat to good order and effectiveness. In fact, I would argue it will enhance effectiveness big time. I shall explain. The traditional operational briefing process starts with what’s new and needs attention, followed by some justified sighingContinue reading “Brief Backwards – Put your Team before the Organisation”