Beauty Link - Volume 4, Issue 2 - (Page 35)
HOW TWO SCHOOLS MAKE IT LOOK EASY
BY SUSAN MILLER
here just aren’t enough hours in the day! Perhaps you’ve said those words as you seek to comply with complex and ever-changing rules and regulations while meeting the daily needs of your students, staff and clients. Ringing phones, vibrating PDAs, student concerns and piles of paperwork constantly compete for your attention. With access to technology, it’s easy for people to cite “multi-tasking” as a solution for helping them boost productivity. But according to a March 30, 2011, article published in Psychology Today, engaging in two tasks simultaneously is
only achievable when two conditions are met. First, the task has to be so ingrained that no focus is necessary, and secondly, the tasks involve different types of brain processing. For example, it’s possible to listen to background music while reading. However, try singing the words while reading, and you’ll have a hard time remembering the content. Disengage, in order to focus. Responding to text messages and emails can seriously impact your ability to successfully participate in meetings or listen to a colleague. Multi-tasking also sets a bad example for students. Few things are as unnerving for a salon client as watching a hairstylist text while mixing hair color.
Are you looking for some specific resources to assist you in working not just harder, but smarter? Here are three resources the Bellus Academy has shared with its team members. 1. Bounce: Failure, Resiliency and Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success by Barry J. Moltz. This book examines the negativity bias. It helps readers see how they can move from the tendency individuals have to focus on what’s not working to building confidence and strength through mentoring and other strategies that emphasize the positive. 2. The Carrot Principle: How the Best Managers Use Recognition to Engage Their Employees, Retain Talent and Drive Performance by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton. This series examines how challenges are merely obstacles. It defines the principles needed to work collaboratively and build growth from within an organization. 3. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Passion, Profit and Purpose by Tony Hsieh, founder of Zappos. Bellus Academy required all of its managers to read this best-seller over the holidays to get 2012 kicked off to an energized and motivating start.
Psychology aside, what are some practical tips for balancing all the hats you wear? AACS spoke to two schools who have found practical ways for managing multiple responsibilities. According to Adam Brown, president of Tennessee School of Beauty, individuals should strive to work smarter, not necessarily harder. While Adam’s title is president, on any given day he may wear the hat of admissions officer, payroll coordinator and chief financial officer responsible for signing every check. Yet Adam says he doesn’t stay chained to the desk until 8 o’clock every evening. What are some of his secrets? Adam says it’s important to focus one’s time on “the things only you can do.” He advises that before beginning a task, it’s wise to think about who the best person is to handle the job. “Examine a task and consider if the time required to complete it is the best use of your time,” he said. Adam used to avoid asking other staff members to perform administrative
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Examine a task and consider if the time required to complete it is the best use of your time.
The online course ML127 - Effective Delegation is now available on the AACS Online Training Center. Visit http://bit.ly/BeautyLinkML127 for more info on this course. Members call AACS at 800-831-1086 for your VIP Discount Code to save on Training Center keys.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - Volume 4, Issue 2
Message from the AACS President and CEA Chair
Workings of Washington
CEA 2012 Convention Preview
A Student’s Perspective NEW!
A Beautiful Return
AACS Listserve Q & A
Building a Powerful To-Do List
Creating Agile and Efficient Meetings
Wearing Many Hats
Beauty Changes Lives
Your Career Center
Never Assume a Pitch Is Dead
Creating Green Value
And Then There’s Compliance
Voices from the Classroom
Behind the Scenes with The Hunger Games
Creating a Dream Career
Accommodating Students with Disabilities
Associate Member Profiles: Insurance and Legal Services
People & Places
New Products & Services
New School Members
Upcoming 2012 Events
Index to Advertisers
Beauty Link - Volume 4, Issue 2