Strive for Focusing on Excellence, Not on Your ‘To Do’ List

By Kay Fittes, Founder and CEO of High Heeled Success, LLC

  1. Multi-tasking is not a desirable skill.  In certain situations, it’s true that multitasking can be beneficial, but research has shown that extended multitasking splinters your focus and overall productivity.  This is especially true when it comes to media multitasking.  Researchers at Stanford University in 2009 found that multitasking between phones, tablets and laptops slowed down work processes, increased mistakes, and scattered participant attention to multiple focus points.  The overall net effect of was a lack of focus and productivity.  Pick three things for the day, and focus solely on driving them to completion.
  2. People pleasing does not allow for creativity.  Trying to win others over by being immediately available and responsive to them does not allow space for driving your own daily agenda forward, nor does it build your credibility.  By staking your own ground and protecting your time and space, you can begin setting professional boundaries that send a message that your work and projects deserve respect.  Requests and assignments can be handled professionally by responding with a reasonable delivery date.
  3. You have the right to focus on important work.  Setting professional boundaries is not the same as building impenetrable walls around yourself.  It allows the necessary time to complete meaningful work that drives important projects forward – projects that will leave a meaningful legacy not only for yourself, but also for the company you work for, or the clients you serve.

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LOGOStandingKayFittes9-22-12X13MediumRGBKay Fittes is the founder and CEO of High-Heeled Success, LLC, specializing in training, keynote presentations, and consulting for women.  Ms. Fittes is an expert on gender behaviors that put women at a disadvantage in the workplace.  Her registered trademark, High-Heeled Success®, is a system for empowering women to command a competitive edge in the workplace.  Though she now presents programs to women on creating an executive presence and polished presentations in corporations, associations, conferences and public events, Kay is the least likely person ever to have this role.  She started her life as invisible, voiceless and afraid of everything. She is living proof that no matter how pitiful you start, you can end more powerfully, as evidenced by the fact she has presented to almost 100,000 women and in over 2,500 programs!  With an insight to action approach, Kay Fittes takes audiences and workshop participants through an evolutionary, chameleon-like experience.  Her programs present a cornucopia of strategies for women to take life-changing steps in their professional lives.

Ms. Fittes is the author of four books, including: Achieving High-Heeled Success: 50 Ways for Career-Oriented Women to Succeed; How to Raise Your Self-Esteem: An Action Guide for Women; Go Ahead and Laugh: A Serious Guide to Speaking with Humor; Your Guide to Life-Changing Presentations and is the creator of the CD Panic to Power:  Swift and Simple Speaking Strategies Anyone Can Use.

She has served as a consultant and presenter to the business, medical and educational communities.  Her clients include Procter & Gamble, Anthem, Fidelity Investments, Children’s Hospital, and The Ohio Department of Education.   Ms. Fittes is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and holds a Certification in Leadership Training.  Kay is the past Vice President of the Ohio Council for Self-Esteem and past area governor for.

Toastmaster’s International.  She is active in the National Speaker’s Association, The Public Speaker’s Association, American Society for Training and Development, American Association of University Women, National Association of Female Executives, Toastmaster’s International.  Kay Fittes sits on numerous advisory boards for women’s advancement and Dress for Success is the designated outreach of her company.


Testimonial from me: I have personally attended her events and Kay is a real as they come. A little woman, but a big a ball of fire. This woman can really ignite a room. She is a powerful speaker and full of wisdom that you ladies do not want to miss out on. 

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