This is a guest post from best-selling authors Roger Conners and Tom Smith on personal accountability and how it’s the key to your success.
"Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion." -- Parkinson's Law
Your Outcome: Learn how to master time management and set effective time limits for things and then bite off what you can chew within that time limit. Your ability to use timeboxing and time budgets will help you manage your energy, free up your time, get more things done, and achieve work-life balance.
"The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose." -- John Mason Brown
Holding people accountable is a skill you can learn. In a world where you get results through teams and teamwork, enforcing accountability plays a key role to success. Even if you’re just holding yourself accountable to some results you want in your life, it helps to know the ways to enforce accountability and why there can be a lack of accountability. A lot of it comes down to clarifying the outcome, setting expectations, and then addressing motivation, skills, and feedback.
I got an email from a GM (General Manager) at Microsoft, who will be giving a presentation at Microsoft on “How To Be an Effective IC (Individual Contributor)” and he’s collecting best practices. Scott Hanselman shared his thoughts and I thought I would share mine. For this post, I attempted to boil down some of the best lessons I’ve learned for myself, that I mentor others, and that I see others put into practice.
PM is short for Program Manager. At Microsoft, the PM role is a fairly common role, and it can mean a lot of things, so I’ll explain a bit about what a PM does down below before we dive in. To bottom line it, you can think of a PM as a technical leader that orchestrates a product or service through planning, design, and execution. As you can imagine, this requires a variety of skills from communication and interpersonal skills to strategic thinking and execution.