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Moderating a Panel: 8 Ways to Run an Excellent Discussion

Karen Hough | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business
Karen Hough

Panels are a great way to look at a subject from several viewpoints. Unfortunately, they can also become slow, boring torture when panelists and moderators adopt the "speak-only-when-spoken-to-or-questioned" attitude.

Why Leaders Shouldn't Lead Brainstorming Sessions

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

Here's one of the dirty little secrets of corporate brainstorm sessions: When they are led by upper management, department heads, or project leaders, they usually get manipulated.

The Brilliant Complaint Department

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 06.17.2013 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

While there are many reasons why most people don't get their best ideas at work, there are at least as many why organizations don't get their best ideas a work -- the main one being their tendency to rely on what I like to refer to as the "creative elite."

About Leadership: Syndicates

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 03.12.2013 | Business
Bernie Bulkin

Even more deadly is the 'report back' session. Possibly you had a good discussion in your syndicate; you enjoyed it and found it a worthwhile use of 45 minutes. Now you have five minutes to convey this to the group as a whole. Why?

About Leadership: The Discomfort Index

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 04.22.2012 | Business
Bernie Bulkin

There is often a certain level of discomfort which increases productivity, but if you go beyond it productivity falls off abruptly. So the skilful leader takes risks with discomfort, but keeps the door open so he can take the temperature back down again.

365 Days and Still Thanking Jesus

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

In looking at Obama's first year, we must not fall into the typical trap that pits idealism against pragmatism, where the virtuous line up against the effective, and the purists fight the negotiators.