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Posts Tagged ‘meetings

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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12
Feb

“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.” -Phillips Brooks, American clergyman (1835-1893) I was looking for inspiration this morning when I stumbled upon this quote. It got me wondering about the small moments that define a team member’s character. It’s those small moments when you decide […]

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09
Nov

This weekend, I facilitated a workshop about change and transformation with a large group of leaders. Once we finished talking about the perilous task of transforming an organization, we started talking about the importance of leaders investing in their own resilience. I said something that caused a light bulb to go on for many of […]

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06
Nov

I stumbled upon an old post I had written for Psychology Today and decided to resurrect and refresh it for ChangeYourTeam. It’s about being inspired in the month of November to say “no” to more things. In the time since I first wrote the post, my concern about people saying “yes” to far too many […]

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14
Sep

“I’m trying to chair efficient meetings, but I have someone on my team who always needs to talk it out before coming to a decision. How can I reduce the amount of time he takes up in our meetings?” This was a great question I was asked after delivering a speech about how to add […]

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15
May

I was talking with someone this morning about the sorry state of meetings. We spend so much time in the weeds and waste a precious opportunity to have valuable conversations about stuff that really matters. We talked about a few things, but the one that left me fired up was the amount of time we […]

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04
May

When working with senior executives, one of the most common requests I get is to help create “juicy conversations.” What they mean by “juicy” is deep, probing, uncomfortable, novel, productive conversations that go beyond the normal safe, boring talk that consumes most meetings. Upon observation, I’ve realized that these leaders aren’t getting juicy conversations because […]

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24
Jan

Many of the leadership teams I work with are perpetually stuck in the weeds. They add value about 3 layers below where they should be. This yields two atrocious outcomes. First, while you’re trapped in the weeds, no one is paying attention to the opportunities and threats emerging in the outside environment. The risk of […]

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