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US vs. UK: Business Meetings Aren't That Different... Right?

Barry Whyte | Posted 11.23.2014 | Business
Barry Whyte

With the exception of royalty, spelling and humour (humor), most Brits and Americans like to think of their countries as culturally rather similar. You would be forgiven for thinking this is most obvious in the globalized world of business.

7 Platforms for Free Conference Calls

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 11.15.2014 | Technology
Alex Ivanovs

The word conference used to be something that only business magnates used to use, people with high rankings in the business scene. Nowadays, anyone can create a quick conference call with anyone they like; their business partner, their associates, or just a newcomer who needs to be told what to do. It's all possible, at no cost.

10 Reasons Why Effective Meetings Are So Important

Peter Fuda | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business
Peter Fuda

"Our leadership meetings are a good use of time." ...

Breaking Through the Plexiglass for a Real Connection

Shani Harmon | Posted 11.05.2014 | Business
Shani Harmon

If you recognize human connection as a success strategy for managing stress in challenging environments, you're much more likely to value it and seek it out - even in a virtual environment.

The Competitive Edge: Grow Your Business by Growing Your Professional Skills, Knowledge, and Network

Ciara Pressler | Posted 11.04.2014 | Small Business
Ciara Pressler

In your career and your business, moving forward is about what you know and who you know. Are you dedicating enough time and energy to growing both ...

Knotes From Asimov: Creativity Comes When It's Not Your Job

Amol Sarva | Posted 10.21.2014 | Business
Amol Sarva

Unearthed! Isaac Asimov's private letter to a U.S. military research project back in the 1950s -- how can the military be creative and come up with the best fresh ideas to help defend America from a ballistic missile attack?

The Lost Art of Underthinking

Rich Siegel | Posted 10.20.2014 | Business
Rich Siegel

It may take a village to raise a child but it takes a battalion to put together a banner ad. A small army to to spit out an FSI. And a full-blown coalition to concept a simple TV spot. Not since the last congressional caucus have I seen so many people accomplishing so little.

8 Ways to Take Your Meetings Outside Of The Office

Posted 10.19.2014 | Travel

The great news: you’ve just gotten the OK to travel somewhere cool on your company’s dime. The less-great news: even if you find yourself on a tro...

Turn a Conference Room Into a Jam Session

Tom Sturges | Posted 11.08.2014 | Business
Tom Sturges

If the forum is created to allow and encourage innovative thinking, the creativity will unspool, and find its rightful place in the room, bringing with it crisp new ideas and myriad possibilities going forward. Just like musicians do, over and over.

Meetings and Productivity: An Interview with Wayne Turmel

Phil Simon | Posted 11.08.2014 | Books
Phil Simon

Researching Message Not Received, I have come across some pretty powerful collaboration tools. Yes, there is life beyond e-mail. More and more of us a...

The Busyness Dilemma: The Five Reasons We Secretly Like Being Busy (And Why We Should Break the Habit Anyway)

Renee Cullinan | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Renee Cullinan

The way we see it, busyness is a seductive trap too many of us fall into. While getting out isn't easy, or necessarily comfortable, it's the only path to living a more intentional, focused and productive life. Or as Arianna calls it -- it's the only way to thrive.

Hunter Stuart

6 Ways To Make Meetings Significantly Less Miserable

HuffingtonPost.com | Hunter Stuart | Posted 09.04.2014 | Business

The economist John Kenneth Galbraith once said that meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything. That's a sentiment many of us a...

How to Prepare for a Brainstorming Session

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 10.21.2014 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

The few days before a brainstorm session begins -- the "incubation time" -- is often the difference between brilliance and boredom. Unfortunately, most companies don't get this.

7 Ways to Make a Killer First Impression

| Jessica Stillman | Posted 08.07.2014 | Small Business

"We judge books by their covers, and we can't help but do it," according to University of Toronto psychology professor Nicholas Rule. Not only do we m...

Team Performance - in a F*L*A*S*H*

Shani Harmon | Posted 10.05.2014 | Business
Shani Harmon

First there were Flash Mobs. Then there were Smart Mobs. Now, enter Flash Teams.

10 Tricks To Appear Smart During Meetings

Sarah Cooper | Posted 09.09.2014 | Comedy
Sarah Cooper

Like everyone, appearing smart during meetings is my top priority. Sometimes this can be difficult if you start daydreaming about your next vacation, your next nap, or bacon. When this happens, it's good to have some fallback tricks to fall back on.

Meetings in Wonderland

Renee Cullinan | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business
Renee Cullinan

Too often, we embark on the journey like Alice in Wonderland, with only a vague destination in mind and no sense of the path it will take to get there. And then, because it feels like forward momentum, we schedule a bunch of meetings. We're moving now, aren't we?

Rules Of Engagement For Remote Working

David Obrand | Posted 08.23.2014 | Small Business
David Obrand

Meetings hold great potential if they work for your staff and not against them.

How Businesswomen Can Learn to Speak Like Pros

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

If someone in the boardroom asks your opinion, don't say "I think we should." Say "we should." There is no reason to qualify your opinion.

Make Meetings Meaningful

Jay O’Connor | Posted 06.12.2014 | Small Business
Jay O’Connor

Rethinking your meeting strategy can leave you with more time and a more tuned-in staff. Technology, choice and brevity are within reach, and are likely to succeed in making your small business meetings more personal and more effective.

What's Your Meeting Brand?

Shani Harmon | Posted 08.11.2014 | Business
Shani Harmon

Many leaders operate as if their meeting brand doesn't directly affect their professional brand. We're here to argue that they're one in the same. Most professionals spend the majority of their work day in meetings; their perceptions of one another are based on what they see during these.

Optional Obligations

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 07.20.2014 | Women
Lita Smith-Mines

There's something about the making of plans and the scheduling of meetings that doesn't seem as concrete as it used to be. Have you noticed it as well...

Spring Cleaning Your Calendar

Renee Cullinan | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Renee Cullinan

We all know the satisfaction and relief -- the sense of space -- that comes from spring cleaning our closets. Calendars are like closets. If your calendar runneth over and you don't have time to breathe, it's time for a spring cleaning.

10 Food Hacks For Workplace Wellness

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

We hope to use this toolkit to convince HR directors, caterers, hotel chains, event planners, and some of our gracious bosses that it's easy to put together a satisfying and delicious meal or snack that won't undermine the health of their employees and guests.

Team Meetings Are Not a Substitute for One-on-Ones

Bruce Tulgan | Posted 06.08.2014 | Small Business
Bruce Tulgan

In a team meeting, it's too easy for an individual employee to hide. Managers tell me all the time about that team meeting where you want to shine a bright light on Mr. Blue, the employee who has been coming in late and taking too many long breaks.