"Finally a 'how to' book that delivers on its promise."
"Highly recommend to anyone - senior executive, CEO, entrepreneur or just starting out on your career."
In The 15-Minute Inbox, international business consultant Joost Wouters offers a solution to control your email, create time and spend it instead on activities that really matter.
More than a quick fix or another "how-to" guide, The 15-Minute Inbox offers a simple yet powerful approach for everyone who prefers to be a proactive business builder instead of a reactive firefighter.
With the introduction of the four M.A.I.L. steps, Joost has created a complete process that will guide you in your journey towards mastering your inbox.
You will look at the mindsets and habits you need to change to get your inbox under control in 15 minutes or less. You will find ways to automate a big chunk of your email management and apply the limited actions that are possible to treat each email. You will set up a structure that will help you to implement the new behavior and integrate it in your daily work. And most importantly, you will create clarity about what you will do with all the additional time you have created and on what activities and projects you should spend it instead.
Joost Wouters - who has been invited by the management teams of many multinational firms all over the world - reveals the way to make best use of your two most precious assets: your time and your attention.
This is one of the few 'how-to' books that really delivers on promise. After just a week and a half and only halfway through the book, I had my first empty in-box experience, the dream of any email enslaved professional. While this book is very practical and has an almost instant pay-back it covers the issue of managing your email and thus your time in a holistic way. It contains essential tips and tricks but also goes into the mindset and conceptions we all have and that prevent us from being more efficient and more effective. We take driving lessons before we can take a car to the road. In the same way, you should read this book before you start using email.
I love this little book from Joost Wouters - so practical and so full of tips to get in control of email. Let's be honest, managing emails is a challenge and Joost's strategies are just what I need. Highly recommend to anyone - senior executive, CEO, entrepreneur or just starting out on your career.
I started to read this book on my flight back home, and after a few pages I was sorry not to have my laptop with me. Let me give you a small tip: read it with your Outlook opened and start to implement the tips as you go through the book. It took me 3 days to get my inbox to zero emails, and more important I kept it like this since then. Fantastic! Clear method to boost your productivity and to get more important things done.
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About the Author
Joost (pronounce like 'Yoast'): "I help General Managers and their Leadership Teams to exemplify the change they want to see in their organisation and to overcome the obstacles for sustainable growth.
My main drive for writing is that I didn't exactly enjoy every situation I was in, when I was an executive team member. Feeling more like a reactive firefighter, rather than a proactive business builder, wasn't providing me with the energy to achieve what I wanted to accomplish.
I just don't want you and your team to be there as well, let alone to stay there.
When people get to the point where they start leading an organisation, they can accomplish so much more than answering email all day. I believe that most teams are wasting their leadership potential and the talents they have. You and your team just have to fulfil your leadership potential, because your organisation looks at you and follows your example.
I started my professional career at P&G. Later I joined the Executive Team of Pepsi Cola Benelux. When our first son was born, I decided to quit my job and start a Management Consulting firm. Over the last 11 years, I have worked with clients such as Unilever, Heineken, Reckitt Benckiser, LG.Philips, Imperial Tobacco, Vodafone, Sara Lee, and Nestlé all over the world.
In 2005 I traveled with my family for a year through the USA in a motor home. Since our return we moved to Spain, where we've built a house and training location on the Mediterranean. Here you're always welcome to discuss your challenges while enjoying a cortado.
The most important reason why leaders and their teams want to work with me is that I'm a living example of what they want to achieve. I make things happen. Or, as one client stated: He is Mr Results."
What do I enjoy most? I have helped:
* Management Teams to create & implement impactful strategies and get buy-in through the whole organisation
* Building dynamic & vital Leadership Teams that achieve breakthrough results by optimally using their cross-functional expertise
* Managers to become inspirational team leaders that dramatically improve their team's productivity and performance
* Commercial Teams to develop concepts that boost their product's sales and market share