Success on the Road: Irvine


By Kristen Hayer

This past week included a short trip to Irvine, and I didn’t really have time to have local fun in between visits to our client’s office. I did manage to contain my email before my flight home so I got to have a whole hour and a half of glorious reading.

In his famous book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey talks about “sharpening the saw”. At The Success League, we studied the strengths of CSMs and found that the Learner strength almost always shows up at the top of the list. I have to admit that I don’t do as much reading as I’d like, but when I have a spare hour and a great read, the result is an amazing mix of relaxation and enrichment. 

For me, flights are turning out to be a great time to sharpen the saw. Wifi is expensive, and in-flight movies are hit or miss. Flights are a nice, concrete block of time to use for reading that business book I’ve been wanting to get to, or the latest issue of HBR (if you’ve taken any of our classes, you know I’m a big HBR fan!) Plus if I forget to bring something along, I can always find something interesting at the airport bookstore.

How are you carving out time to sharpen the saw? Do you have travel or commuting time you can use to read or listen to material that helps you grow? Have a great week and I hope you get the chance to learn something new!