The Journey: Identifying The Mission Critical

To crisis management professionals, “Mission Critical” is a triage-type decision making process that eliminates components so that resources are allocated to the priorities that ensure success of the project.

Most cable professionals would agree that prioritizing is an extremely important part of being successful. In the best of times, it’s wise to closely assess the value of time, energy and resources investments. In our current economy, it’s crucial.

Active engagement in WICT is mission critical.

For thirty years, WICT has provided tools and resources vital to the success of our member’s careers:

Access. Sometime overlooked, one of the most powerful benefits WICT membership offers is access to senior industry leaders. No other organization provides the same type of access to the number of senior women leaders and WICT dedicates itself to connecting you with those who can teach, mentor and inspire you on your career journey.

Advocacy. Now in its seventh year, WICT’s PAR Initiative has provided the industry an objective measurement on its performance in delivering Pay Equity, Advancement opportunities and Resources for work/life. This initiative has improved the work lives and livelihoods of women in our industry. Without an objective and consistent measurement, companies that reduce the quality of women’s careers in pay equity, advancement opportunities or work/life resources – particularly in times of economic stress - would do so without notice, perhaps even without recognition of the damaging trend set in motion.

Networking. Tough economic times increase the value of networking opportunities. WICT Networking is an opportunity for members to find their next business partner, cultivate a client or potential client relationship or just to meet new people. WICT offers world class networking opportunities with members from local Chapter events as well as with members from any of the twenty chapters across the nation through the WICT web site.

Professional development. With program content that has been tested and refined by our industry’s forerunning leaders over thirty years, WICT offers the most proven and targeted development opportunities of the industry. Over the full career arc of our members, WICT offers a powerful professional development program designed for your immediate needs and long-term goals. WICT programs accommodate all types of learning styles, including the intimate small-group setting of the Executive Development Seminar, yearlong training during the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute, self paced learning through WICTcasts (webinars) and one-to-one mentoring/coaching formats at WICT chapter events. WICT programs are designed to help you sharpen your professional and leadership skills.

Leveraging WICT to meet your mission.

Extracting the full value of WICT membership is not only about reviewing WICT’s assets offered to you, but about what you contribute to your WICT experience. Membership is the first step towards enhancing your career journey, and to get the most for yourself and for your company’s investment, you must actively participate. Involve yourself with a broad cross-section of industry stakeholders and it will become apparent that WICT participation is the most important investment you can make, one that will pay off handsomely in the end.

It’s About You
WICT wants to promote YOU! The WICT Staff, Boards and Chapter leaders devote their energy, passion and commitment to developing ways to develop YOU. Some leaders are born, others are others are made. No matter which camp you fall into, WICT will help you unearth your potential, grow your talents and achieve your professional goals.

 Mentoring Corner

Tip for the Mentor: The Pareto Principle
Mentoring News (10/01/09)

Mentors may want to utilize the Pareto principle, also known as the 80/20 rule, when mentoring. For example, good mentors spend 80 percent of their time listening to their mentee and just 20 percent talking. - From Mentoring News


Tip for the Mentee: Take Responsibility
Change & Perform (10/01/09)

Successful mentees take responsibility for their own development, commit to realizing their goals, and are open to suggestions.

Abstract News by INFORMATION, INC.

 WICT Buzz

The average number of corporate emails sent and received per person, per day is projected to continue growing:

Source: Wall Street Journal

According to Wall Street Journal article of 11/27/07, the average corporate email user spent the following percent of each work day managing email in 2003: 17%; 2006: 26% and 2009: 41%.

The National Technology Readiness Survey and Maryland's business school reports that the average time spent per day deleting spam messages is 2.8 minutes.

 WICT 30: 30 Ways to Identify and Focus on the Mission Critical

WICT has assembled thirty tips to help you identify and prioritize elements that are crucial to the success of your projects and your career.

1. Use the Pareto Principle. This is the same as the 80/20 rule. Recognize that 20% of your activities give you 80% of the value. So focus on the high impact tasks.

2. Determine the future impact. Ask yourself, “What is the future impact of a current action?” High priority items will have a big future impact. Low priority items will have no (or negligible) future impact.

3. Set “posteriorities.” If you are embarking on something new, identify low priority taks that can be delegated or give up.

4. Separate the urgent from the important. Once you’ve separated your “to do list” into urgent and important, you should focus your energy on the important tasks. Urgent issues are rarely important in the big scheme of things. Don’t let poor planning or execution from someone else become your problem unless it is absolutely necessary.

5. As you go throughout your day, repeatedly ask yourself, “Am I currently making the best possible use of my time?”

6. Don’t multitask. Research has shown that multitasking is not productive. For optimum productivity, focus on one thing at a time.

7.  Find out what time of the day is for productivity and optimize your work schedule accordingly.

4. Complete your most dreaded tasks first thing in the morning. Whichever activity you are dreading the most is probably the one you need to complete first thing in the morning.

8. Take a break. You can’t always be working at optimum productivity. Instead, you should shoot for working in short bursts at your most productive times.

9. Eliminate all distractions. This includes the phone, email notifications, and having multiple web browsers open on the desktop.

10. Learn to say “no.” Learning to say “no” can be difficult, but it is a necessary skill to stay focused on the things that are most important. Ask yourself, does the activity align with your overall goals? If the answer is “no,” then decline the temptation to get involved.

11. Use the A, B, C; 1, 2, 3 system. Go through your “To Do” list and identify items that absolutely have to get done today (A) then prioritize by marking your most important item as “A1” and your next most important item as “A2,” etc. Once you’ve identified your “A” items, mark your “B” items and “C” items. To keep your prioritizing from being derailed during the day, prioritize any new items added that day.

12. Set a timer for each of your tasks.

13. Setup filters in your email. This allows you to sort out what’s urgent from emails that can wait. Instead of a single Inbox with hundreds of unread emails, there are smaller folders categorized by project, priority and context.

14. Just start. Often times, starting is the hardest part. Once you get going, you will quickly get into a rhythm that could last for hours.

15. Outsource or delegate. If you have the ability to outsource or delegate, do so with tasks that can be easily handled by others. This will free you up to work on more important priorities.

17. Write out a to-list for each day.

18. Get plenty of sleep so that your working hours can be as productive as possible.

19. Exercise. Research has shown that midday exercise boosts productivity and morale in the workplace. Take a short walk at lunch to maximize your productivity.

20. Go on an information diet. Stop reading three different newspapers a day and checking your RSS feeds multiple times a day. Limit yourself only to information that you can immediately take action on.

21. Organize your office. The piles of paper around your desk can be a huge barrier on your productivity.

22. Outsource as much as possible. Here are just a few of the companies that will help you outsource your everyday tasks:

23. Allocate time slots colleagues can interrupt you. In a busy work place, people are moving and talking all the time. If you play a role in a team where others need to interact with you, try allocating a time slot they can interrupt you.

24. Find a mentor. By modeling after those who have already achieved success, you will save yourself a lot of time and energy.

25. Apply time boxing instead of working at something till it is finished. Try working on it for a limited period, say 30 minutes, to keep your work fresh and engaging throughout the entire working day.

26. Step away from the computer. The Internet has become one of the number one distractions. To increase your productivity, try to do as much of your work offline as possible.

27. Do not check personal email in the morning. Instead of checking your personal email as soon as you get in, try starting work straight away. This will build up some momentum as you ease into your work day.

28. Clean up your desk. That doesn’t mean having an empty desk, it just means having neat stacks of paper, all filed in the correct location.

29. Use shortcuts on your computer. If you find you do the same thing with your computer more than once throughout the day, you might find it helpful to look for ways in which you can do them without too much manual repetition.

30. Reward yourself for finishing a big task.