Founders Time/MASTERCLASS

How to manage notifications and unlock your time?

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How to manage notifications and unlock your time?

The ‘feed’ and the ‘notification’ are the two biggest time drainers of our times.

While the power still remains in your hand to not scroll the feed endlessly or keep looking at the notifications, many of us still give in.

So how do you fight back and gain control of your time?

  • The most important action here is to have work scheduled on your daily calendar
  • The second most important action is to schedule all calls and meetings. As a discipline, do not take up calls that are not scheduled, unless they are urgent
  • The third most important action is to announce on social media, that you will be checking your social media only for 10 minutes each thrice during the day, so if there is important business, people can reach out to you via Email
  • For all open-calls schedule 30 minutes after your productive work hours

Increase your productivity. Host the unlock your time workshop for your team. Contact: biz@uncv.co 

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What are you doing tomorrow morning at 5?

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What are you doing tomorrow morning at 5?

What are you doing tomorrow morning at 5?

I generally ask this question in my conversations with entrepreneurs and others who I will probably work with in the coming future. The purpose behind the question is to understand how well is the other person scheduled?

While you might not have anything scheduled for 5am, you will probably say, since you go for a jog/ game of Golf at 6:30, you will get up at 5:30.

The answer to this question helps me make mental notes of how well is somebody aware of his/ her time.

This information also helps me understand how deeply can I help somebody to unlock their time.

I share this method of calendar optimisation in the Unlock Your Time Workshop.

About the author:
We help founders unlock their time by ensuring that their teams use a system, tools and processes to achieve goals within time. This increases the team ownership, productivity and turn around in time. The founders focus on more valuable actions, grow less concerned about the teams productivity and everybody creates value greater than themselves.

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Successful founders unlock time by training their teams to be more productive

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Successful founders unlock time by training their teams to be more productive

Successful founders are able to unlock time and focus on more valuable actions because they train their people with tools, processes and system to manage time and achieve goals.

When people are more present about their time and goal commitments, they either deliver or the system’s transparency calls them out.

The greatest example in business history on training people and getting the culture back

The greatest example in the history of business is when Howard Schultz got back to Starbucks as CEO, he ordered all Starbucks baristas to be re-trained in the art of brewing good coffee. Brewing coffee with love as he said. He shut the fully automatic machines because for him the culture and love of the company was of greater importance.

 

About the author:
We help founders unlock their time by ensuring that their teams use a system, tools and processes to achieve goals within time. This increases the team ownership, productivity and turn around in time. The founders focus on more valuable actions, grow less concerned about the teams productivity and everybody creates value greater than themselves.

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How do we ensure our customers do not waste their time on YouTube randomly?

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How do we ensure our customers do not waste their time on YouTube randomly?

The 3 most important deliverables that we have to our customers are:

  1. Ensure the founders/ CXOs calendars are scheduled for productivity
  2. Ensure that their teams schedule and follow calendars
  3. Ensure that the founders/ CXOs do not waste time randomly

An important part of #3 is YouTube.

Founders of-course realise the need for learning and there is no better resource than YouTube.

But with so much of free video content it is easy to lose track of time and go with the flow. This is exactly why we deliver a bi-monthly Email to our founder / CXO customers where we send them links to highly curated videos right from the very second we’d like them to watch the videos. So instead of watching a 10 minute interview, you get the mot important part from 2:32 – 4:00 minutes. And you are out.

This is part of the deeper value creation that we ensure for our customers. It is important purely because only when the founders ensure growth for their companies, will we grow. So we are fundamentally investing in our customer’s growth which is our growth.

About the author:
We help founders unlock their time by ensuring that their teams use a system, tools and processes to achieve goals within time. This increases the team ownership, productivity and turn around in time. The founders focus on more valuable actions, grow less concerned about the teams productivity and everybody creates value greater than themselves.

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Jeff Bezos keeps the most mentally challenging meetings before 10 am

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Jeff Bezos keeps the most mentally challenging meetings before 10 am

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If you are a founder, the greatest unfair advantage that you must build for yourself and your leadership team is a deep appreciation of time.

Jeff Bezos’s appreciation of time for its quality and quantity and economic impact is clear from the title of this post.

The above 3 elements are exactly what founders need to add to the overall organisational culture.

  • Quality of time
  • Quantity of time
  • Economic value of time

The companies that have time as the fundamental measure of their systems and processes, win.

About the author:
We help founders unlock their time by ensuring that their teams use a system, tools and processes to achieve goals within time. This increases the team ownership, productivity and turn around in time. The founders focus on more valuable actions, grow less concerned about the teams productivity and everybody creates value greater than themselves.

Founders Time/MASTERCLASS

How many hours do you have scheduled in your calendar to meet your customers?

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How many hours do you have scheduled in your calendar to meet your customers?

All the founders that I work with have one thing for sure. They have a defined number of hours scheduled in their calendars already for the customers they will be meeting (in-person or on phone) in 2019.

The above might seem trivial. Its not. This time is now blocked and will move / be re-scheduled only if there is something extremely urgent or show stopping. 

This activity has achieved two extremely important results for my customers:

  1. They qualified the customers that they must spend time with personally
  2. They scheduled the time and hence they were forced to prioritise their time (both personal and professional)

The two other goals that have been achieved are:

  1. My customers will never crib about work-life balance
  2. My customers will win – because they know they are several steps ahead in engaging their customers

About the author:
We help founders unlock their time by ensuring that their teams use a system, tools and processes to achieve goals within time. This increases the team ownership, productivity and turn around in time. The founders focus on more valuable actions, grow less concerned about the teams productivity and everybody creates value greater than themselves.

Founders Time/MASTERCLASS

Founders : hire entrepreneurial attitude to unlock your time first, for skills second

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Founders : hire entrepreneurial attitude to unlock your time first, for skills second

How do successful founders unlock their time? The greatest founders talk about hiring people smarter than themselves. What does that really mean?

  1. Hire entrepreneurial attitude first

  2. Unlock your time

  3. Train for skills

Successful founders know it is about unlocking time to focus on more relevant and value creating activities that grow business and people. 

How to put value to ‘smartness’?

It is simple mathematics. Lets say the founders per hour time is X, the smarter person that you will hire, their time is X-(some figure). Now put a time value to the goal that needs to be achieved. Example : 20 hours is what would be required to finish the project. The monetary value hence will be a lot lesser if the smarter person owns and executes the project end to end.

The founders time is required only for reporting and updates.

About the author:
We help founders unlock their time by ensuring that their teams use a system, tools and processes to achieve goals within time. This increases the team ownership, productivity and turn around in time. The founders focus on more valuable actions, grow less concerned about the teams productivity and everybody creates value greater than themselves.

Founders Time/MASTERCLASS

How can you unlock your time for more valuable actions that grow business?

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How can you unlock your time for more valuable actions that grow business?

Most founders find that a lot of decision making gets stuck at their end. This forces them to spend time on things that otherwise must only use their least attention.

In 2018 I worked with 3 founders from India. I worked as their consulting VP of growth strategy and communication. This means, I was plugged into their business almost like their paid employees, but with an unfair advantage. I was being paid to save their time. I understood the exact value that I am creating for them.

The first step to unlocking your time?

You have to first make the following lists:

  • What all decisions are at your desk?
  • How much of your time every week is involved in marketing, HR, operations, admin, product and networking? (give special focus to marketing – it consumes the most time and mostly has the most expectation mismatch)
  • Do you have a clear time scheduled with your reporting managers OR can any body knock in and walk in to your door for even the smallest decision making?

Step #2: 

  • Put all the important reporting meetings on your calendar. Do not entertain anything on the sidelines, unless it breaks your business.
  • Keep “5” hours every month for high quality business networking – schedule it in your cal.
  • Keep “5” hours every month for reading / learning something new.
  • Schedule clear number of hours on each of the business functions where your decision making is required (eg: “6” hours on each)
    • Overtime you have to delegate and reduce dependency on your decision making. Trust people that you have hired.

Step #3: 

This is one of the most important steps in the entire chain. As a founder who ensures that you are delivering to your calendar?

  • Hire an entrepreneur who you can deeply trust. He/ she must and will schedule specific time with you to ensure that you are incredibly efficient. He/ she must be deeply engrained in your win. Because your growth is their growth.
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Its never been easier to tell your story and that’s why its never been harder to make people to care

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Its never been easier to tell your story and that’s why its never been harder to make people to care

Anybody can tell a great story and publish it in no time on the Internet. This is the greatest advantage that social media and the web have created for humans.

I believe that everybody has the ability to tell a story. In fact with access to social media you can even develop a strategy to distribute the story to a certain audience.

Its never been easier to tell your story and that is exactly why its never been harder to make people truly care about your story.

In the age of social media, getting people to listen has become the hardest. 

When your ideas make people trust that you will improve their lives, they care about you.

There’s never been a better time to reach out and inspire the world. But again the people you are trying to engage are bombarded with noise on their feeds. It confuses people. It makes people switch off.

Can your ideas make people believe that they can have a better future? This is exactly what your public narrative must be.

The greatest storytelling is about sharing ideas that make people believe that you are going to help them create a better future.

About the author:
We help founders unlock their time by ensuring that their teams use a system, tools and processes to achieve goals within time. This increases the team ownership, productivity and turn around in time. The founders focus on more valuable actions, grow less concerned about the teams productivity and everybody creates value greater than themselves.

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Your CEO’s brand can be your #1 source of leads

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Your CEO’s brand can be your #1 source of leads

Whether you are a small, growing or a large business, your CEO’s brand can be your #1 source of leads/ business growth.

All business is P2P – people to people

This stands true especially in B2B. Whether you are are a SaaS product with a smaller monthly billing OR you bill your customers one-time, a larger sum. The decision gets made over a conversation between the buyer and the seller. Its a human conversation. This is why almost all SaaS companies have chat supports. This is why drift works.

Why your CEO’s brand?

The CEO makes the company human at the leadership level. The first perception that you establish as a brand when your CEO shares is that you are real. That you are approachable. And that you listen and engage. You make the P2P rule shared above, real.

So should your CEO’s brand be bigger than the company brand?

This is not even the right question to ask. The CEO simply makes the company more real. He / She does not overtake the company’s brand in anyway. Instead, he/ she makes it a lot more approachable and inspiring.

What’s a great example of a CEO’s brand working magic?

  • The late Steve Jobs
  • Bill Gates
  • Richard Branson
  • Ratan Tata

and several others.