Ian, 41, rarely sees his 17-month-old daughter during the week and is too tired at the weekend to enjoy his limited time with her. He’s a senior manager at a well-known utility company with an always-on, long work-hour culture.
Ian used to spend 20 hours a week in meetings because he suffered from FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). Half those meetings were unproductive. Our objective was to cut those 10 hours a week from his working life, enabling him to read a story to his daughter three nights a week instead.
By following the steps below Ian reduced his time in meetings to an average of 12 a week. Furthermore, he received feedback that his contribution was far greater and that, as a result of the new skills he learned (for instance, ‘walking meetings’, how to write an agenda to achieve the same result in half the time) he passed on new working methods to others, many of whom were also parents.