The Management of Time: an overview

THE MANAGEMENT OF TIME by James T. McCay is written in easy to read and understandable language that presents practical methods for overcoming the time pressures of today and preparing us to easily handle the much greater time demands of the future.

Beyond Motivation by James T. McCay builds on the foundation of The Management of Time.

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The Management of Time, if written in the 90’s, would be seen to be an insightful synthesis of the philosophies of Tom Peters, Steven Covey, Alvin Toffler, Stephen Hawking, Edwards Deming, Deepak Chopra and James Redfield.

It is amazing then to realize that this book was first published in 1959.

That year the Russians took the first pictures of the far side of the moon; computers used punch cards; Cadillacs had tail fins and Have Gun Will Travel was on prime time TV – Jim McCay was 38 years old.

In THE MANAGEMENT OF TIME James T. McCay delivers usable techniques for development in today’s hot topics: leadership, individual empowerment, value, holistic systems, information management, coping with rapid change, stimulating creativity, among others.

What’s more, this incredibly rich work is presented in an easy-to-follow, readable style.

Richard E. Ward

THE MANAGEMENT OF TIME is structured in four parts:

McCay goes beyond superficial time saving techniques showing us the intimate relationship between time pressures and rate of personal growth. As he points out

If a man is chronically short of time he is probably being swamped by the growing challenges of his job.

If you study and use this approach to time management and self-development the results will be twofold:

  1. you will find that the lurking presence of time pressures will vanish;
  2. you will experience the exhilaration of continuing growth and expanding personal effectiveness.

BEYOND MOTIVATION provides us with additional lessons on how to achieve these goals.

Note from the original publisher

How do you communicate a good idea? James T. McCay has spent most of his adult life working as a consultant to management.

He has sought to help managers find ways to improve the performance of organized groups without thwarting the vital spirit of the individual.

Just as the individual can become energized to high levels of performance, McCay feels the time has come when groups of individuals also can become similarly energized. And he believes this can be done with regularity.

Certainly , today many are searching for better and more satisfactory ways to reach group objectives. This pursuit manifests itself in many forms – from such organized self-help groups as Weight Watchers to Alcoholics Anonymous, from Esalen to consciousness-raising groups of all kinds.

Whatever form such groups take, the underlying rationale is similar – a cohesive group can help the individual realize his own potential at the same time the individual contributes his energy to a greater realization of’ the group’s objectives.

This phenomenon is often referred to as “synergism”. Simply put, when the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, you have “synergy”.

Acknowledging that such synergistic or human potential groups have flourished in recent years, the natural question from organizational managers has been: but can it work here? “Our business is productivity not self enlightenment.” “Our profits are measured in dollars not better feelings.”

Three years ago, the Author sought to find out receptive management was to some of the ideas of synergism. Bell-Northern Research of Canada published Beyond Motivation in its May issue of THE (a series of publications about new horizons in communications). The response from managers and planners in industry, commerce, and governments was overwhelming. Hundreds of individuals who became aware of the booklet requested copies for uses ranging from motivating salesmen to inspiring more innovative corporate development.

Since their original publication in 1970, Bell-Northern Research has compiled an impressive, file of letters from organization leaders in a large number of companies in both Canada and the United States. The briefest summary we can give of this surprising response is that there are quite a few people who believe as the Author does that motivation based on fear is not the way to get the most out of people in business and industry.

Beyond Motivation may strike some as a strange book, or perhaps not a book at all. It is frankly an experiment in communication. In the most concise way possible, the Author has synthesized some of the major ideas of conntemporary humanistic writers: A.H. Maslow, Peter Drucker, Rollo May, Fritz Perls, Marshall McLuhan, Wilheim Reich, Ivan lllich to name but a few.

This is a book that doesn’t attempt so much to impart new information as it does to organize ideas in such a way that the reader can bring his own experience to shape the idea. Deliberately, there is space around the Author’s assertions, This book does not attempt to pursuade by documented argumentation but to present a framework of abstractions which suggest, provoke, and inspire thoughts and feelings in the reader.

Presented in this form, there are many uses of Beyond Motivation. It has been used to help the individual better integrate his own thinking about human behavior and human relations. It has been used as a means of sharing with others how the indivdual thinks about the subject. It has been used as a background reference tool for conferences and educational classes. Finally, it also serves as an outline for structuring organizational settings.

We believe the book can be particularly useful in a group, because it provides, for our time, a valid rationale for an individual’s role within the context of group endeavor. The brevity of the book ensures that the reader can be exposed — and grasp the essentials – in fifteen to twenty minutes. Anyone who has tried to communicate complex ideas through comprehensive books knows how useful such brevity can be.

There are many routes to reach a goal and the Author does not presume to know the appropriate ways for all. He practices an approach not the approach. He has indicated where we are going not how we will get there.

Jeffrey Norton
Jeffrey Norton Publishers

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Part IV – Plan for Development

THE MANAGEMENT OF TIME – Part IV – Plan for development

Plan for development brings together the previous concepts and methods in parts one, two and three into a complete plan for time management.

McCay tells you how to setup a program that is:

  • flexible enough to meet the challenge of rapid change;
  • vital enough to motivate you to double and redouble your creative output; and
  • comprehensive enough to be a vehicle for self-development regardless of your age, position, location or kind of work.

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Part III – Skills for Managing Time

THE MANAGEMENT OF TIME – Part III – Skills for managing time

Skills for managing time offers you powerful verbal and non-verbal techniques and tools of time management that can accelerate the pace of your decisions and actions:

  1. you can find a systematic method for breaking out of dead-locked problems to arrive at original solutions;
  2. you will find ways of making your words serve as precision instruments of management;
  3. you will find detailed descriptions of how to diagram your way through complex problems and difficult meetings and how word pictures can save precious minutes and even hours of your day;
  4. you will find hints on getting much more from your reading in less time.

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Part II – Overcoming Time Pressures

THE MANAGEMENT OF TIME – Part II – Overcoming time pressures

Overcoming time pressures describes three bases for increasing your rate of growth and overcoming time pressures.

  1. You will find, simply stated, the ways to capitalize on the most recent insights of Learning Theory, Neurology, Perception Psychology, and the Social Sciences.
  2. You will see how to set up an investment portfolio for your time that will give ever greater yields in growth, satisfaction and enjoyment.
  3. You will see also that the first dividend from your new time investment portfolio will be an early release from time pressures.

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Part I – The Meaning of Time Pressures

THE MANAGEMENT OF TIME – Part I – The meaning of time pressures

The meaning of time pressures outlines the challenge of change and the working principles you can use to meet it successfully.

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