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First Things First

Author: Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill, Rebecca R. Merrill

This was another helpful book from the pen of Stephen Covey. It was a little slow for me at first but there are some great practical tips in here is manage time. I enjoyed the “Time Management Matrix” Tool:

  1. Important and Urgent

– Crises

– Pressing Problems

– Deadline- Driven projects, meetings, preparations

  1. Important, Not Urgent

– Preparation

– Preventions

– Values clarification

– Planning

– Relationship building

– True re-creation

– Empowerment

  1. Urgent, Not Important

– Interruptions, some phone calls

– Some email, some reports

– Some meetings

– Many proximate, pressing matters

– Many popular activities

  1. Not Urgent, Not Important

– Trivia, busywork

– Some phone calls

– Time wasters

– “Escape” activities

– Irrelevant mail

– Excessive TV

Simply put, most people spend far too much time in quadrants 3 & 4. We also spend too much time in quadrant 1, not that those issues are unimportant, but because we don’t manage our priorities well. The goal is to gradually focus more and more of our time and energy in quadrant 2, thus reducing the amount of energy necessarily directed to quadrant 1.

There are some great insights in here and recommend this book.


Richard Martinez

Transformation Expert/Coach

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Growing up we are told to always do our best because you only get one shot at making a first impression, but we are never told what makes a good first impression. How can someone make themselves stand out if they do not have an idea on how to make a first impression? No need to worry we have some great tips to help you get the advantage you need in order to stand out from the rest of the crowd.


Physical Appearance:

It is unfortunate but true that when you are in a face-to-face meeting, you are initially judged on your physical appearance. Always err on the side of caution and present yourself in a conservative light.

Body Language:

From posture to facial expressions, the message being conveyed can be completely different from the intended message. The first handshake should be firm enough to show you are confident, but not so firm that it cuts circulation to the other person’s fingers. Be sure to include good eye contact while you are shaking hands.

Spoken Words:

Stay away from the slang you would use with friends or in other less formal situations.  Also avoid using too much jargon or words not typically used in everyday language, as this may cause the listener to tune out what you are saying for the mere fact that they cannot understand you.

It is important to create a powerful first impression. First impressions are what help managers decides if you are the right fit for their company. Managers are not only looking to see if you meet the criteria for the job position but as well to see if you can represent the company as a whole. Think of it this way, your work experience is the job application, your first impression is the “extra curriculum” employers are searching for.

Take advantage of these useful tips and make a strong and powerful first impression!

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