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Managing a CEO’s Scarcest Resource—Time

CEOs need time to reflect, advises Chief Executive Magazine. Here are some tips on how to utilize your free time to the fullest: Personal Retreat: Bill Gates pioneered the practice with Think Weeks, but it’s not realistic for most CEOs. Join a CEO Group: Meet with fellow CEOs who are committed to deep thinking about …

CEOs need time to reflect, advises Chief Executive Magazine. Here are some tips on how to utilize your free time to the fullest:

  • Personal Retreat: Bill Gates pioneered the practice with Think Weeks, but it’s not realistic for most CEOs.
  • Join a CEO Group: Meet with fellow CEOs who are committed to deep thinking about issues all CEOs confront.
  • Time to Wonder: Give your mind the freedom to wander, and get insights to bring back to the business.
  • Minute of Silence.
  • Five Percent Think Time.
  • Don’t Rush Back from Conferences: Take an extra day to synthesize the information and apply the lessons learned at the conference.
  • Schedule Recurring Meetings a Month In Advance.
  • No Email Fridays: For routine internal communications employees can be encouraged to talk face-to-face or pick up the phone and have an actual conversation.
  • Defend Vacations: Come back from vacations with open minds and fresh perspectives.
  • Find a Hobby.

For more about CEO reflection, as reported by Chief Executive Magazine, please click here.

About ceo briefing - mar. 10 2011