Roger L. Stalheim

President—Des Moines Metro Alternative Board

Management Time: Who’s Got the Monkey?

Why is it that managers are typically running out of time while their subordinates are typically running out of work?

Here we shall explore the meaning of management time as it relates to the interaction between managers and their bosses, their peers, and their subordinates.

Specifically, we shall deal with three kinds of management time:

Boss-imposed time—used to accomplish those activities that the boss requires and that the manager cannot disregard without direct and swift penalty.

System-imposed time—used to accommodate requests from peers for active support. Neglecting these requests will also result in penalties, though not always as direct or swift.

Self-imposed time—used to do those things that the manager originates or agrees to do. A certain portion of this kind of time, however, will be taken by subordinates and is called subordinate-imposed time. The remaining portion will be the manager’s own and is called discretionary time. Self-imposed time is not subject to penalty since neither the boss nor the system can discipline the manager for not doing what they didn’t know he had intended to do in the first place…

This article was originally published in the November–December 1974 issue of HBR and has been one of the publication’s two best-selling reprints ever. For its reissue as a Classic, the Harvard Business Review asked Stephen R. Covey to provide a commentary.

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How Your Energy Affects Your Team

When you’re the boss, there are going to many times when you’ve gotta put on your “game face” because your energy affects everyone and everything.

Have you ever considered how your energy affects everyone around you? Think about it from the vantage of being the CEO of a company. When you walk in the door, all eyes are on you and your employees’ antennae are up looking for any sign of something being not quite right. No pressure, eh?

When you’re the boss, there are going to be many times when you’ve gotta put on your “game face” because your energy affects everyone and everything…

Published on: May 24, 2013 0n

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Ideas for an Engaged Workforce

By: Don Harrington, Sage Consulting

I’ve been reading up on employee engagement and have come across some scary statistics about disengagement and lack of passion in the ranks. Here are a few ideas to help get your employees engaged:

  • Give them side projects to do that are of interest to them and have the potential to be valuable to the company. Let them know how important they are and let them go play.
  • Get your employees involved in some way, shape or form with your customers. Whether through sharing expertise with customers to define new products and features, attending customer appreciation events, or attending trade shows, try to provide access from employee to customer.
  • Cross-train your people. Learning each other’s functions help your employees gain new skills and appreciate everyone’s value to the organization.
  • Encourage your employees to network. Let them learn more about your industry, gain additional skills, and meet other experts in the space. Add value to your employees which can result in increased productivity and expertise for your business’ success.

Employees today are generally speaking burned-out and unsatisfied. You can help change the feeling of your employees and get them more engaged in your business so that they have more fun and everyone benefits.

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About Roger

Roger L. Stalheim, is the President and founder of The Alternative Board Des Moines Metro.

Roger is an avid reader of both global and US events. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and has successfully started and ran numerous businesses that continue to be profitable today.

With the insight gained by business evaluations and personnel testing, Roger is able to assist your leadership team in quickly improving work environments and creating realistic business goals, resulting in more sales and increased profit margins.

About Lori

Lori J. Day is a recent addition to The Alternative Board Des Moines Metro leadership, with 20 years of exceptional business leadership, management, coaching and consulting.

She launched FocusFirst, Inc., to bring right-sized solutions typically only accessible to large firms to organizations and individuals. Her unique expertise and approach enables clients to achieve rapid growth through practical solutions.

Lori's commitment to the success of every client is evident through her unique coaching, leadership development, business communication and contagious positive attitude.