The First Topic of January 2012 seminar named “Time-Management Strategy - How to Make Managers More Productive and Happier”, which organized by An Executive Study Group under the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corp (HKSTPC) on 6 January 2012.
Mr. Mark Lee (MBA, CUHK) presentation content included “Working Hour Comparison of Hong Kong and Other Countries”, “The Importance of Energy for Managers”, “Organization Support” and “Group Discussion”.
Firstly, Mr. Lee introduced the survey of the opinions over 12,000 business people in 85 countries and found that over half of Hongkongers work nine or more hours per day and almost 40% regularly take home to finish in the evening.
It is because of negative loop of long working hours. Then Mr. Lee quoted Warren Buffett statement that "Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken".
Mr. Lee explained Four Main Wellsprings which could help managers to manage energy stopping the negative loop. They were "Body", "Emotions", "Mind" and "Spirit". Why it needs to implement energy management program (Terms better than time management program)? He quoted Dr. Harry Levinson (Industrial Psychologist) that "Managers tend to rely on their best people; but best people are more vulnerable to becoming burned-out people". It could be verified by the case study that participants employed the energy management program and got the better outcome.
The 1st Main Wellsprings - The Body (Physical Energy)
The 3rd Main Wellsprings - The Mind (Focus of Energy)
The 4th Main Wellsprings - The Human Spirit (Energy of Meaning and Purpose)
The following diagram showed how to use energy management to align people between manager and leader.
At the end of the seminar, we had an exercise to find out two of the most difficult thing to do and one of the easiest thing to do from 9 items.