We live in a world where it is easier than ever to achieve extraordinary productivity. Why is it then that we all feel so overwhelmed?
Kory Kogan, the Global Practice Leader for Organizational Development at
FranklinCovey, combined her “School of Hard Knocks” education growing up in New York City with more than 25 years of experience in business to help understand productivity and navigate an increasingly complex world.
This begins with developing organizational processes that create a culture of productivity by separating what is important versus what is unimportant. On average, employees state they are paying attention to important things 60 percent of the time. This means they feel like they are wasting almost half of their time.
To optimize this, organizations and individuals need to first understand the three biggest problems taxing the portion of the brain responsible for planning, attention, self-control and follow-through:
• There are more decisions now than before. We are trying to manage
linearly and letting high value/important decisions fall through the cracks.
• Our attention is under attack from, you guessed it, our phones.
We have an energy crisis and are consistently worn out.
• Kory advocates for establishing the use of a Time Matrix to turn planning
and technology into a productivity engine. Organizations should divide tasks into four primary quadrants, create a culture of trust around discussing what is important, and promote Q2 activities:
• Act on the important, don’t react to the urgent.
• Identify the one thing you should stop doing so that you can devote your
best time, attention and energy to what is important.
• Leaders define what is important and not important constantly.
As the Global Practice Leader for Organisational Development at Franklin Covey, Kory focuses on creating cultures of great confidence, developing great leaders and extraordinary productivity in people, teams and organisations. Kory has more than 25 years of experience in business, during which she has incorporated a unique perspective with a holistic view of organisational development.
Combining her experience as an executive with her roles as a senior consultant in Leadership and the Global Practice Leader for Organisational Development at FranklinCovey, Kory doesn’t only understand strategy and the key principles to building great systems, leaders, and cultures of success, but can also offer practical solutions that facilitate the behavioural changes necessary for the desired results.
Here Scott Miller sits down with bestselling author and productivity expert Kory Kogon to talk the future of productivity and practical advice for getting things done.
Kory is the coauthor of the Wall Street Journal bestseller The 5 Choices: The Path to Extraordinary Productivity, and before taking on her role at FranklinCovey, Kory was the executive vice president for global operations at AlphaGraphics, Inc. for six years.
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