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Meeting Off Track? Facilitators Keep Meetings From Derailing

Adriana Girdler | Posted 08.10.2016 | Business
Adriana Girdler

Critical meetings are not productive, effective or efficient. So, what can you do to keep your company's top minds on track and the meeting agenda on the rails? Simple. Call in the cavalry - in this case, that's a neutral, independent meeting facilitator. You may be wondering what a professional facilitator will bring to your meeting, but it's really about what they won't be bringing.

Is Breakfast the New Lunch?

Peter Aceto | Posted 07.25.2016 | Business
Peter Aceto

I am lucky in that rising early comes naturally. I am most alert and energetic in the morning. But I've also set priorities that work with my natural rhythm and support both my professional and personal responsibilities.

Emergency Confidence on Request

Anna-Jane Niznikowska | Posted 06.28.2016 | Business
Anna-Jane Niznikowska

Almost everyone you meet will tell you that they would like to be confident and communicate with impact, whether during presentations, job interviews or regular interactions with other people.

Meetings Tricks So You Don't Waste Your Workday

Adriana Girdler | Posted 05.24.2016 | Business
Adriana Girdler

Too many meetings is often cited as the number-one time wasting culprit at work. Unproductive meetings are a deadly drain on our time! When you ask people about the meetings they attend at work, most professionals admit they have a tendency to miss meetings (or at least parts of them).

The Dark Side of Collaboration

Shani Harmon | Posted 05.03.2016 | Business
Shani Harmon

Only recently have thought leaders begun to recognize the dangerous dark side of collaboration and the impact it is inadvertently having on the most generous employees.

What I've Learned From 30 Days of Videoconferencing

Cameron Craig | Posted 04.26.2016 | Business
Cameron Craig

I recently joined a company where the majority of meetings are videoconferences. Sure, I've used videoconferencing at other jobs before but it was usu...

Maximize Your Time, Not Your Hours

Shani Harmon | Posted 04.01.2016 | Business
Shani Harmon

Despite how it feels, the situation is not hopeless. The most successful leaders have found a way to maximize their own productivity even in the face of infinite demands. How? First and foremost by adopting a mindset that "My time is the most valuable resource I have and therefore how I use it determines my success."

Why We Invite Our Entire Team (and Their Families) to Our Annual Meeting

Jim Pickell | Posted 03.01.2017 | Business
Jim Pickell

I have recently published this blog in the 'CEO World Magazine', and would like to share it with you here to get your thoughts (direct link to CEO Wor...

Don't Break These 8 Rules for Effective Remote Meetings!

Daniel Threlfall | Posted 02.19.2017 | Business
Daniel Threlfall

Holding meetings is an art and a science. But with remote meetings, it's art and science at a whole new level. Sometimes the remote factor makes mee...

What's The Price Tag on Your Office Meetings?

Natalie Brooke | Posted 02.02.2017 | Business
Natalie Brooke

If you are familiar with the show, "The Office," you may recall Pam and Angela's Party Planning Committee, and their many lengthy, pointless meetings ...

Meetings - The Best and Worst from 2015

Shani Harmon | Posted 12.21.2016 | Business
Shani Harmon

CO-AUTHORED BY RENEE CULLINAN Is it possible to do a Best and Worst list for meetings? While most people would argue that there is no such thing as a...

Unexpected ideas for leading productive meetings

Margaret Molloy | Posted 12.18.2016 | Business
Margaret Molloy

When was the last time you left a meeting with that energized feeling of having accomplished something meaningful on an initiative? How many meetings ...

Meeting Manners

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 12.10.2016 | Business
Gregory P. Demetriou

Having sat in innumerable meetings of all types, from the simple one topic in and out types of gatherings to the hour's long complex multi faceted one...

How Meeting Leaders Deal With a Dominating Person

Dianna Booher | Posted 11.03.2016 | Business
Dianna Booher

Teleconferences and face-to-face meetings can unfold similar to those on the playground. You may have passive attendees and dominating participants that annoy each other and complicate the process.

3 Principles for Designing a Meeting Architecture that Works

Renee Cullinan | Posted 10.23.2016 | Business
Renee Cullinan

One of the most common challenges that leaders face is designing a meeting architecture. A meeting architecture is the overall cadence of who meets when and why.

Take 'Yes But' Off the Table

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 09.14.2016 | Business
Lisa Earle McLeod

In some environments it's harder to create positive cultures than others. Phil Moore, Managing Partner of Porter Keadle Moore, an Atlanta based accounting firm says, "As accountants, our job is to find the bad stuff that other people can't see, so it's easy for our default to be negative."

Want to Lead a Good Meeting? Begin With Facilitative Presence!

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 08.10.2016 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

Presence, I have come to realize, is the doorway to all things meaningful -- the bridge between what is and what can be.

The Sins and Saviors of Business Meetings

Lisa Colantuono | Posted 07.27.2016 | Business
Lisa Colantuono

Those sins of deadly business meetings? Don't be a time hog. Share your thoughts and don't monopolize the meeting. Don't step over or talk on top of other people in the room and check your ego at the door.

Ask These 3 Questions to Power-Up Your Meetings

Alex Budak | Posted 06.10.2016 | Business
Alex Budak

Rather than accepting stale, vapid and mind-numbing meetings as a way of life, consider adding in these three questions to transform a meeting into an hour of team building, professional growth, and value reinforcement.

Find Grace in the Moment

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 06.02.2016 | Business
Lisa Earle McLeod

Ten years ago, I had an 'aha' that helped me become happier, and more effective at work. It happened when I was in Chicago to run a seminar. From the moment I came up on stage, I could tell that the attendees didn't want to be there.

Does Your Calendar Have A Chokehold On You?

Mike Monteiro | Posted 05.18.2016 | Business
Mike Monteiro

Meetings may be toxic, but calendars are the superfund sites that allow that toxicity to thrive. I've yet to see a résumé -- and I hope I never do -- that lists "attends meetings well" as a skill. Yet attending meetings ends up being a key component of many jobs. And it's stupid.

Are Your Meetings Collaborative... or Just Crowded? Four Factors to Consider.

Shani Harmon | Posted 05.12.2016 | Business
Shani Harmon

We were helping our client Sandra spring clean her meeting calendar last week paying particular attention to her recurring meetings -- those time sucking (and often soul sucking) meetings that once calendared, never seem to go away.

Four Secrets to Successful Meetings

Emma Isaacs | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Emma Isaacs

We've all had them: marathon meetings that go on longer than Claudia Schiffer's legs. They're usually the result of bad preparation and a few people who love the sound of their own voice and talk in circles.

How to Have a One-on-One Meeting

Michael Goldberg | Posted 05.03.2016 | Business
Michael Goldberg

First, it's important to understand why to have a one-on-one meeting. If you've been referred or met someone at an event that you consider a prospect (they told you that they're interested in doing business with you or hiring you), then that's probably a good reason for you to meet with them.

The Importance of Being Businessworthy

Per L. Saxegaard | Posted 05.04.2016 | Impact
Per L. Saxegaard

We want the world to know: there are better ways of doing business -- effective ways -- that lead to stability and peace. Just look to the 2015 Oslo Business for Peace honorees. We need more like them now.