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15
Oct

I wrote an article for Quartz last week on the Harvey Weinstein case. In it, I talked about the need to change our perspective about acting on office rumors, particularly when rumors might be the only protection against an abusive predator in the office. The article started many conversations and has kept me thinking about […]

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09
Oct

A couple of years ago, Craig and I were at an industry event and heard Dr. Jamie Gruman talk about Feedforward Interviewing, a technique developed by Avraham Kluger and Dina Nir. Craig read up on the research and encouraged me to look into it as a tool we could teach to our clients. Although the […]

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01
Oct

I was facilitating an executive team meeting last week. Although the meeting had been scheduled as a full day, four people started the day saying that they needed to leave early. (I’ll save my rant about that for later). Four of the team members needed to be gone by 3pm, so we decided to move […]

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24
Sep

In my previous post, I reacted to an editorial in the Guardian by Simon Jenkins, who came to the conclusion that meetings are killing people and destroying organizations. His article failed to consider all the good reasons why you go to meetings, so I decided to defend meetings and the many positive contributions they make. […]

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17
Sep

I read an editorial by Simon Jenkins in the Guardian this morning about meetings crushing morale and killing productivity. Jenkins’ list of the perils of meetings touches the personal (meetings slow metabolism, lead to diabetes and cancer, and eventually kill you) and the professional (meetings waste cognitive resources, cause organizations to hemorrhage productivity, and eventually […]

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10
Sep

This week, I got to participate in a back to school activity that I haven’t done in 28 years: university orientation week. I was asked to speak to the 1,110 first year arts students at my alma mater. I thought a lot about what I wanted to tell them. [I’d love for you to share […]

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25
Jun

It’s the time of year where I ask people about their summer vacation plans. It’s amazing how many aren’t even going to take a full week off. There are many excuses about “We’re in the middle of an important change initiative,” or “Maybe it will be calmer in the fall,” or the completely vacuous, “It’s […]

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18
Jun

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been called into an organization to help build a culture of teamwork, only to learn that people are measured, managed, and rewarded around individual performance. If success in your organization is defined exclusively by personal effort and achievement, don’t bother paying lip service to teamwork, collaboration, […]

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11
Jun

I gave a speech last week on the importance of feedback to a high performance organization. It was clear that many of the audience members were uncomfortable with the thought of delivering corrective feedback. They asked great questions and slowly came to terms with how they would craft feedback to reduce the likelihood that it […]

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04
Jun

When I’m preparing to facilitate a session, I always conduct individual interviews with the members of the team I’ll be working with. The last question I ask is, “what advice would you give me?” The most common response is, “get the quiet people to participate.” This is good advice. Research shows that teams with balanced […]

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