Distraction, busyness and reactivity are productivity issues experienced by many staff and managers in most organisations, but at the leadership level the negative impact of these productivity blockers can be extremely disruptive.
Senior leaders may have many years’ of experience in their roles, but this does not mean they have a way of working that truly maximises their time, energy and focus, or that of their team. All too often the complexities and demands of their role make senior leaders more distracted, more busy and more reactive than they should be. This can lead to an increase in stress and overwhelm, and a decrease in impact. In the worst cases, you end up with leaders who are too busy to lead!
The Lead Smart program has been developed with the productivity of senior leaders front and centre. Based on Dermot Crowley’s book ‘Lead Smart’, book three of the Smart Productivity series, the program looks at the unique productivity issues faced by leaders, and provides relevant and highly practical strategies and solutions.
The three-phase program will take your leadership team on a journey from personal productivity to group productivity, and will help them increase their focus, maximise their impact and leverage the productivity of their teams.
Lead Smart takes a practical approach to productivity, so participants don’t just learn theory – they actually implement it during the training. Technology plays a big factor in our productivity, so all principles are linked to implementation strategies using MS Outlook, OneNote and other MS 365 productivity tools.
Adapt has helped me and many of my colleagues to improve our effectiveness and sharpen our focus by changing the way we use our technology. Dermot’s approach is straight forward, practical and produces immediate results.Michael Rose, Chief Executive Partner, Allens Arthur Robinson
Dermot Crowley's Smart Work is an exciting personal productivity game-changer. 7 days on from our Leadership Team of 60 people spending 3 hours with Dermot, it's great to see the buzz during the session translated into a team who are excited to have found a simple and practical way to release their potential and that…David Smith, Managing Director, Diageo Australia
Dermot is a true professional who unlocks time by smart use of technology together with tried and true time management principles.Kathleen Bailey-Lord, Group GM Shared Services, ANZ Bank
Dermot’s workshop and 1 on 1 coaching was life changing for my team and me. Personally, I have regained at least 16 hours each week, and my team have become evangelists, converting everyone they meet to their new approach to email and task management.Fiona Geddes, General Manager Direct Channels Support, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
We have found working with Dermot Crowley extremely rewarding. As a team we have developed a new operating rhythm, a common language for efficiency practices and gained collective and individual insights into our optimal working styles. We have collectively been so impressed with what we have learnt that we have requested Dermot continue to work…Justine Cain, Divisional General Manager, Medibank
The Lead Smart program comprises of three group training modules, each with its own distinct theme. These are run over a 2-3 month period, with each session building on the previous. While the program can be run entirely face-to-face or entirely online, our preferred approach is a mix of both delivery methods.
Participants will start by examining their own personal productivity habits and behaviours, before moving on to examine how they interface more effectively with their teams, and then how they can build more productive cultures within their teams. This dual focus on both personal productivity and group productivity has a truly leveraged impact on the performance of the entire team.
The initial group training module is all about focus. In order for leaders to work at maximum effectiveness, they need to implement a focused organising system to manage their busy schedules, never-ending task lists and their overflowing inboxes. Participants will learn how to balance their schedule and priorities, as well as how to get on top of the deluge of emails and other inputs that swamp their inboxes every day.
Once participants have had some time to implement their new organising system, they are ready to go on to the next level of productivity. The Impact module looks at how to identify the activities that have the most impact, and how to ensure as much of their time as possible is spent on these activities. This module covers a range of prioritisation and planning frameworks that will help leaders work on the right priorities at the right time.
The final module, usually held a couple of months after the initial training, serves as a chance to discuss implementation and progress for the team. This module is also where we explore ways to leverage the productivity within their teams. We look at the role a leader plays in creating more productive team cultures, and how they can boost productivity for all by reducing the friction that often impedes team productivity.
This module moves beyond personal effectiveness and examines the cultural aspects of productivity. Participants will gain greater insight into the group behaviours that lead to unproductive cultures, and will learn how to create more productive communication, meeting, collaboration and urgency cultures.