As information technology (IT) becomes more of a commodity there’s simply reduced margins and less resources to get the job done. Burnout rates in the IT sector highlights the impact this has on IT professionals who are challenged with:

  • High workloads they struggle to keep up with
  • Working long hours
  • Challenging targets
  • Limited resources (funds and personnel)
  • Insufficient returns for the hours invested (dollars earned versus hours input in the balance between  work, family and wellbeing)
  • Questioning how sustainable it is for themselves and their team

The challenges impact headspace in such a way that it’s difficult for affected personnel to also think at a higher level. I know how this happens because I’ve been there myself.

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IT leaders need to be masterful experts who either disrupt industries or are responsive to disruption. It’s hard to be a strategic leader when barely achieving targeted results.

A growth mindset and focus has an impact on individuals and teams output that sees them vary from losing focus (questioning), meeting KPI’s (average) through to driving growth (leadership).

Falling through the tipping point at barely coping results in negative growth while passing the tipping point at development consolidates superior results. 

Now a good place to start is to locate on the Growth / Focus diagram:

  • The level you feel best identifies you
  • The level that best identifies your team
  • The level key stakeholders might perceive you

It’s rare there’s consistency across the 3 ratings. Are you at the level you’d like to be? If not, then what are you going to do about it?

There’s plenty of challenges but most disappear if individuals and teams achieve and exceed targeted outcomes. How individuals work is fundamental to underpinning a team’s ability to succeed.

However, the problem is productivity is broken because until now there hasn’t been a flexible approach for individuals and teams to develop a rhythm of work that relieves pressure and achieves outcomes by leveraging their strengths and minimising their weaknesses. 

Working Rhythm

As the workplace changes, we need to continually refine our approach to productivity. But we are all different, with different needs, different preferences and different pressures. Modern productivity needs a more tailored and flexible approach. Yet, most workers don’t have a working rhythm to support them to excel in today’s busy, fast-paced and complex business environment.

Working Rhythm consists of:

Cadence – Effective Workflow: Focussing on efficiency and speed by establishing a foundation to enable work to be processed quickly and right first time. The outcome is a customized workflow for the individual.


Content – Work That Matters: To be successful in a specific role, this is where the individual determines what to classify as the key work that matters they need to plan, prioritise and action. The outcome is clarity and execution.

Collaboration – Working Together: Establishing key protocols (guiding principles) for work, tasks and activities to occur effectively across the group. The outcome is how the culture interacts.


Outcomes

  • An efficient workflow aligned to how the individual works best (it's not a 1 size fits all approach)
  • More time to action high impact important work (average achievement is 100 minutes a day)
  • Strategies to deal with the daily interruptions that derail focus and output
  • An effective way to manage email
  • Proactive approach to planning prioritising and scheduling workload
  • Increased clarity
  • A scalable and sustainable way to work that embeds a culture of accountability and drives results

The options for delivering to teams and individuals are:

Option 1: Working Rhythm Executive Program

The program includes:

  •        The executive completing Pre and Post diagnostic surveys
  •        10 x 1 hour coaching sessions
  •        All sessions implemented at the workstation (via Skype for remote locations)
  •        3 modules (Cadence, Content, Collaboration) over 5 months
  •        A copy of RAPID RESPONSE – How IT Executives deliver Excellence into the Business
  •        Telephone support between sessions
  •        Access to my network
  •        Productivity Evaluation Report

The fee for the executive is $5,000 + GST

Option 2: Working Rhythm Team Program

The program includes: 

  •        Attendees completing Pre and Post diagnostic surveys
  •        3 x group workshops (up to 6 participants)
  •        Group workshops include time for implementation (coaching) at the workstation
  •        3 modules (Cadence, Content, Collaboration) over 4 weeks
  •        Workbooks
  •        A copy of RAPID RESPONSE – How IT Executives deliver Excellence into the Business
  •        Telephone support between sessions
  •        Team Productivity Evaluation Report

The fee for the group is $9,000 + GST