FurtherEd was recently visited by Jason Womack as he spoke to the company about time management and focus. Jason is a professional executive coach and speaker who travels the world to instill his practices and help other companies and their employees improve.
In his book, "Your Best Just Got Better", Jason's main theme of a mindset shift can be clearly identified throughout the book, but he constantly tries to cater his strategies to different types of people.
One example of this is distinguishing between being a noun person or a verb person. To identify this quality, the only exercise Jason requested was to write down a to-do list to discover if you are writing nouns or verbs. Jason points out noun people are more big picture thinkers, while verb people write and speak in terms of action.
Another key theme of Jason's is segmenting your day and understanding the value of 15 minutes. He gives and asks for examples of what can be completed in a 15 minute duration which, of course, can be different for anyone. He also calculates the day to 96 15-minute blocks, which most people may think in terms of; 15 minutes is equivalent to approximately one percent of your day.
One of my favorite parts of Jason's book was the mental aspect in part two. He emphasizes the "how" of what you are doing and thinking as opposed to just the "what." Self-efficacy, the measure of your own ability to complete tasks and reach goals, is a main theme during this section of the book. Slightly changing the way you think and how you speak can have an enormous impact on your ability to reach goals. A memorable line, "You will know what you are thinking when you see what you're saying," speaks volumes the more you read it.
Jason rounds out the book with ways in which self-review can be used and improved upon. How you are spending your time and with whom you are spending it is highlighted along with a key part of the self-reflection, feedback. He notes there are six ways in which someone can acquire feedback; results, experience, contribution, measurement, service, and habits. A great resource for feedback can also come from a mentor, which Jason notes, should be objective and tracked as much as possible.
As Jason stressed during his presentation, he is someone who practices what he preaches. I have noticed numerous examples of this in both our conversations over the phone and email correspondence He is certainly someone who can energize, educate, and inspire employees and executives in all industries.
For more information on his book or his practices, visit Jason's website.