Friday, March 21, 2014

Welcome to Quadrant 2

Quadrant 2 is that place within Covey's four quadrants of time management wherein we attend to things that are "important but not urgent."

The late Stephen Covey expressed time management in terms of "The 4 Quadrants." Proponents of the "Lean" model of improvement and management characterize process components as "Value adding" (Quadrant 2, in our view), "Necessary but non-value adding" (Quadrant 1), and "Waste" (Quadrants 3 and 4). Effective organizations continuously improve their processes to maximize time spent in Quadrant 2, minimize time spent in Quadrant 1, and eliminate time wasted in Quadrants 3 and 4.

Easier said than done.

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