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Time Forethought


  • It Starts at the Top!
    Posted by Claude Warner on Wednesday 11th November 2009 at 14:30:10
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  • Listening is not Understanding
    Posted by Claude Warner on Wednesday 17th February 2010 at 21:10:49
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  • 1 + 1 = 3
    Posted by Claude Warner on Wednesday 20th October 2010 at 14:49:28

 Successful Living


No Margin No Good

Posted by Claude Warner on Wednesday 2nd March 2011 at 11:36:24

In Jack Welch’s autobiography we see his contribution to the performance management culture that is the norm today.
By applying the 20/70/10 principle, below average performers were removed and the high performers or stars were identified, rewarded and fast tracked. By continuously raising the bar on performance any slack or margin was brought to the fore and eliminated.  
It is imperative to remain competitive by improving efficiency through constantly improving technology, refining business processes and improving human performance.
As a leader you leverage your influence through the work of others, but you are also required to bring your pound of flesh. The law of the Conservation of Energy says that matter cannot be created nor destroyed, and that includes time.
So this is how it works. Your department had 4 managers, of which a position is eliminated, leading to a 25% increase in workload.  No problem, instead of leaving work at 5.00, you leave at 7.00.
Next thing you require another 2 hours a day. You go home at 7, have dinner, chat to your wife, and work from 9 to 11. Eventually you are falling into bed at 1, working Saturdays, so can’t make your kids sports games, and Sundays you are so exhausted that you are not present for your family.
As your margin is whittled away your family suffers, your marriage suffers, and your health suffers. Ultimately you could end up with a dysfunctional family or worse, divorced, as well as needing a triple bypass.
Sound familiar? Is this the path you are on? You may be OK with that, but the bottom line, no matter what the media spindoctors tell you, you can’t have it all.
You have to decide what your personal definition of success is, and how much margin you are prepared to sacrifice?  
A meaningful question you can ask yourself is “How do I maintain adequate margin in my life?”
Remember, No Margin is No Good.
Claude Warner is a PE based executive, leadership and EQ coach.
He helps develop leader’s emotional, relational, social and communication skills, equipping them to engage, inspire and empower people to their full potential. Claude’s coaching profile is available here.
He also offers the group EQ coaching programme called TeamPower, ideal for empowering management teams. More details here.
Claude is trained as an integral coach, is a member of COMENSA, the national professional body representing coaching and mentoring, and is Regional Director of COMENSA in the Eastern Cape.
He can be contacted on 083 227 5153 or Further details on

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