Staying Ahead of the Competition through the Use of Executive Function Skills

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a person at a desk working hard using their executive function skills

a person at a desk working hard using their executive function skills

In the competitive world of business, staying ahead requires not just industry knowledge and technical know-how, but also a mastery of certain cognitive skills known as executive functions. These include task initiation, planning, organization, and time management, among others. This blog explores how honing these executive function skills in business contexts can give you a competitive edge in your professional life.

1. Task Initiation: Overcoming Procrastination

  • Prompt Start: Learn to start tasks without unnecessary delay, overcoming the inertia that leads to procrastination.
  • Set Micro-Goals: Break larger projects into smaller, manageable tasks, making it easier to get started and prevent procrastination.

2. Planning: Mapping the Road to Success

3. Organization: Streamlining for Efficiency

  • Systematic Approach: Keep your workspace and digital files organized, saving time and reducing stress.
  • Process Optimization: Continually refine processes and workflows to increase efficiency and productivity.

4. Time Management: Maximizing Productivity

  • Prioritize Tasks: Understand how to prioritize tasks based on urgency and importance, focusing on what truly moves the needle.
  • Effective Scheduling: Make use of tools and techniques to manage your time effectively, ensuring that key tasks get the focus they deserve.

5. Goal-Directed Persistence: Staying the Course

  • Resilient Mindset: Develop the resilience to stay focused on your goals, even when faced with setbacks.
  • Regular Review: Periodically review your goals and progress, adjusting your strategies as necessary to stay on track and stay motivated.

6. Metacognition: Reflecting for Growth

  • Self-Reflection: Regularly reflect on your own thought processes, strengths, and areas for improvement.
  • Continuous Learning: Embrace a mindset of continuous learning and growth, always looking for ways to improve your skills and strategies.


In today’s fast-paced business environment, the mastery of executive function skills can be a significant differentiator. By enhancing your ability to initiate tasks, plan effectively, stay organized, manage your time, persist towards your goals, and reflect on your strategies, you position yourself to stay ahead of the competition. Embrace these skills, integrate them into your daily routines, and watch as they transform your professional life.

To further develop these skills and gain a competitive edge, explore our executive function coaching services.

Casey Schmalacker

Casey Schmalacker, Vice President at New Frontiers, is a seasoned leader in marketing, sales, and business development. With a dual degree in Government and Law and Economics from Lafayette College, he has spent the past 10 years coaching students, adults, and organizations to improve executive functions, soft skills, and workplace performance. Casey’s approach is rooted in strategic development and a passion for personalized coaching, emphasizing a culture of continuous improvement.

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