The story is a case study in personal and time management--and points up the importance of having a top-notch executive assistant like Rosanne Badowski who managed Mr. Welch as he was managing GE.
The article gives an inside look at Welch's leadership agenda, focusing on those things belonging to a CEO that cannot be delegated to anyone else. It's also a reminder of how a calendar can be a steering mechanism for any organization.
Playing the Game
Is Super Bowl XLVI (46) a teachable moment for executives? What could be learned about managing the corporate clock from the American version of football?
Two years ago "The Wall Street Journal" commissioned a study of the National Football League to see how much time was actually spent playing the game during a typical broadcast.
"According to the Journal's study of four recent broadcasts, and similar estimates by researchers, the average amount of time the ball is in play on the field during an NFL game is about 11 minutes."
The writer of the story, David Biderman, concludes, "if you tally up everything that happens between the time the ball is snapped and the play is whistled dead by the officials, there's barely enough time to prepare a hard-boiled egg."
The balance of the broadcast, excluding commercials, goes to the following:
- Three seconds of cheerleaders
- Seventeen minutes of replays
- Sixty-seven minutes of everyone standing around
If you did a study of your business or nonprofit, what would it find?
-How much time is given to cheerleading?
-How much time is given to replaying the past?
-How much time is given to standing around?
-How much time is given to the few things that are likely to make the biggest difference?
As the leader what is it only you can do? In the coming year, what could you get rid of and never miss?
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