Management III: Time + Attention

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As managers, we need to balance our time and attention carefully—finding the middle ground between prioritizing our own tasks and those of our team members. We have to help our teams stay focused, filter the good information from the noise, communicate effectively, and know when (and how) to engage key stakeholders. And we have to help our teams learn and relearn together in a rapidly changing environment. This Program—the third in our Management series—focuses on four key skills that will help us and our teams succeed: focus, communication, stakeholder management, and learning

Program Overview

Separating good information from the noise has become time-consuming and tedious. As managers, we have to strike a tricky balance: we have to pay attention to the right things ourselves, and we have to equip our teams to pay attention to the right things, too. All the while, we have to be smart with the way we communicate, manage relationships with stakeholders, and cultivate a culture of learning so our teams can continue to thrive no matter what the world throws at them.

Key Questions

How do we separate good information from the noise?

What can we do to protect our team’s time and attention?

How does our digital world impact our communications, especially as managers?

What are the most important categories of stakeholders and how do I map them?

What do learning-centric teams and organizations look like?

What are the key barriers to learning and how do you overcome them?

Field Manuals

The Management III Program is made up of 4 Field Manuals (our version of an online module). Each one contains a variety of types of content and social exercises culminating in a mini-project, reflection, or debate. Each Field Manual will take you between 30-45 minutes to complete but you can jump on and off at your own pace, as often as you’d like. The deeper learning happens in the discussions with your fellow learners so be sure to check in on the conversations regularly.

  • Focus

    Ignore the noise. This Field Manual looks at why it can be so hard to focus in today’s information-saturated world and what to do about it. It offers tips for how to help yourself and your team to streamline efforts and sustain the right focus.

  • Communication

    The ability to send and receive information clearly and concisely has never been more important—or more difficult. This Field Manual explores the art of communication and offers tools for adapting your style to meet the many communication hats you wear in today’s world.

  • Stakeholder Management

    These days, it’s rare that we can plan or execute projects alone—or even as part of a single team. We have to bring in other allies. This Field Manual offers practical tips for identifying and engaging with stakeholders who have an interest in your projects or might be affected by their outcome.

  • Learning

    Learning is at the root of our ability to thrive in today’s dynamic landscape. This Field Manual explores how to absorb new information as well as how and why to filter, categorize, and share it—so that we can cultivate a culture of learning on our teams.

Featured Voices
  • Chantrelle Nielsen

    Senior Director, R&D, Microsoft

  • Sharon Chu

    Managing Director, Financial Services, Greater China, Accenture

  • Summer Davies

    Global Sr. Manager of Leadership Development, Mars

An excerpt from the Program

We've all been there. We try our best to focus and remain calm in the midst of too many things to do. But we've all had those moments where, despite our best efforts, we simply cannot focus. Watch this animation to find out what's happening and what to do about it.