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How to Take Advantage of All the Time You Have

By October 13, 2012March 6th, 2023Technology News

Because you are your business’s timekeeper, it’s important to know when you should speed up something, or even slow it down. Timing is a fragile thing, even when you’re talking about the day-to-day operations of your company – or your life. Have you ever put effort into figuring out when Starbucks gets busy on Monday mornings so you can artfully avoid it? But as a business owner, there’s a much larger picture you need to look at. When it comes to timing, here are examples of when you should take it slow and when you should pick up the pace.

Take It Slow

Be slow to criticize. Don’t say unkind words quickly, but always appreciate and compliment as soon as you can.
Be slow to hire. Hiring doesn’t take weeks and weeks, but every interviewee should be seen by multiple people on your team. Hiring because you need someone desperately can sometimes result in bad decisions.
Be slow to judge. Not everyone is facing the same challenges as you, but it’s likely they are still facing challenges. Be sympathetic and gather information before calling someone out.
Be slow when planning. Plan very, very carefully. Once you have everything laid out, then you can shift into a higher gear. But take the time to really plan all of the details.

Speed It Up

Firing nonperformers. Don’t be afraid to kick someone out of the company that isn’t improving, even with guidance and warnings.
Offering feedback. When you have very specific feedback, good or bad, offer it quickly.
Promoting from within. If someone is good at their job and you think they’d be good at the one that’s open and they want it, promote them without a second thought.
Admitting mistakes. Don’t be afraid to admit when you’re wrong. There’s no shame in being wrong, only a shame in not admitting it and fixing the problem.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.