BCS time management book aims to help IT executives

A new BCS book is offering IT executives top tips on time management from 50 global CEOs.

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A new BCS book is offering IT executives top tips on time management from 50 global CEOs.

The BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, says the "Master the Moment" book by former senior IT executive Pat Brans will help IT managers and others make sure they can stick to achieving their goals for 2011.

Brans is visiting professor at Grenoble Graduate School of Business, and also provides corporate training on time management and personal effectiveness. He has previously held senior positions at CSC, HP and Sybase, where he focused on applying technology to enhance workforce effectiveness.

Brans said: "High achievers are not necessarily smarter or putting in more effort than those around them. But they do have different attitudes and are more careful in how they use time. From their perspective they are moving at a comfortable pace. To the typical bystander, they are zipping past."

He added: “It’s about knowing how to set goals and how to reach them. Too many people make a resolution to become more organised or to accomplish more, but then weeks later they see no difference. The problem is that they don’t internalise the ideas and turn them into habit."

The book aims to show how executives can "turn powerful ideas into automatic behaviour". It promises to provide a set of time management habits and a method executives can use to make changes they need to achieve their goals.

Master The Moment features material gleaned from interviews with 50 CEOs from the likes of City of Grenoble, Columbia Sportswear, Southwest Airlines, University of Maryland, US Census Bureau, and Energizer Holdings.

The ideas in the book are supported with research from psychologists and physiologists in areas such as motivation, decision theory, procrastination, habit forming and physical fitness. The book costs £12.95.

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