News From LBD
March 2016 Volume 6 Issue 3

       Coping with Daylight Saving Time

The annual rite of turning our clocks forward arrived on Sunday. Did it affect your sleep and leadership decisions?

Springing ahead one hour can take the pep out of your step. People on average sleep 40 minutes less than their normal time on the night following the springtime change, the  National Sleep Foundation says . The consequences show up on the following Monday.
  • Cyber loafing: On the Monday after shifting to daylight saving time, employees spend more time than normal surfing the Web for content unrelated to their work, according to a Penn State study. The surfing results in potentially massive productivity losses.
  • Heart attacks: The number of acute myocardial infarctions jumps 24 percent on the Monday after the springtime change compared with other Mondays during the year, according to a study at the University of Colorado in Denver.
  • Workplace injuries: An examination of mining injuries from 1983 to 2006 revealed that on the Monday after the time change, workers sustained more workplace injuries and their injuries were more severe compared with other days of the year.
  • Driving: In addition, drowsy driving is common in the first few days after the time change, and when we're tired, we don't always make the best decisions or maintain self-control, researchers say.
We already are plenty sleep-deprived, with or without the help of daylight saving time. More than 4 in 10 U.S. adults report they get less than seven hours of sleep on a typical night, the minimum recommended by the National Sleep Foundation. Are your leadership capabilities diminished because of a lack of sleep? Here are some tips from the National Sleep Foundation to help you fend off the effects of sleep deprivation and restore your well-being and ability to make wiser leadership decisions:
  • Go to bed and get up at the same time each day.
  • Get sunlight soon after awakening; go outside for a walk.
  • Avoid sunlight or bright light in the evening.
  • Don't nap within a few hours of your regular bedtime.
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol for several hours before bedtime.
  • Shut off your screens at bedtime such as smartphones, computers and TVs, whose light has been shown to disrupt our sleep.
Eating smart, regular exercise and a good night's sleep will increases productivity and clearer thinking. Try it...It works!

What Leaders Are Reading

The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything
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What does it take to turn ideas into action? What are the elements of a perfect pitch? How do you win the war for talent? How do you establish a brand without bucks? These are some of the issues everyone faces when starting or revitalizing any undertaking, and Guy Kawasaki, former marketing maven of Apple Computer, provides the answers. 
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Making Quality Decisions

Everyday we are bombarded with decisions: what to do, what to eat, what to read, what to say, etc.

Fortunately, most decisions require very little conscious thought.
In fact, we actually made many of the decisions in the past and we are now simply executing out of unconscious thought.

The emotional intensity of decisions depends on the perspective of the decision maker. To the corporate executive, a decision that affects hundreds of employees may seem routine, while the president of a service club might agonize over luncheon arrangements for 6 members.

Your attitudes and habits influence your actions and thoughts.

You can improve your decision making skills by becoming more aware of the attitudes and habits that have shaped your decisions in the past. 

For example, if you tend to make decisions alone, is it because you undervalue the contributions of others? Are you reluctant to ask out of fear of rejection?

Take time to uncover detracting attitudes and take steps to correct them which can improve the quality of your decisions.
For additional information contact LBD.
John Branstad
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