Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Creating more effective meetings!

My clients constantly complain about having to attend “useless” meetings. These meetings not only obliterate large chucks of valuable time, they also damage morale.

How can we improve our meetings?

1. First, we must eliminate all unnecessary meetings! This will require a major paradigm shift. Ask yourself: Am I only giving information to my group? If so, use email. Worried that they won’t read your email? Ask them to respond to you within a certain time. (BTW- how do you know they’re listening at a “data dump” meeting? Believe me, they aren’t. ) Even if you can’t eliminate a meeting, you should be able to shorten it significantly. No part of a meeting should be a data dump. That is what emails are for.

2. Only call a meeting when an idea or news requires discussion. If you’re presenting controversial or upsetting information (layoffs, etc.) DO NOT use email. A meeting will allow the listeners to express their feelings, concerns, questions, and thoughts. This is a great use for a meeting.

If you have a problem to be solved or a process to be improved, meetings are an ideal use of the team’s time. But do you know how to lead a discussion so that they best ideas are produced and your time is used effectively?

I’ll tackle this question in my next post. © 2009 Laura Lewis-Barr all rights reserved

Monday, November 23, 2009

Quote for the Day

Always raise the bar. Hire people who are smarter and more capable than you, and make sure all your employees do the same. As your company grows, early employees should find themselves thinking "Wow, if I interviewed today, I would never get a job here!"

DFJ Frontier Management Company

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Gen Y, Social Media, and Empathy

Reading "IBrain" again. Have social media & our heavy-use of computers hurt our abilities 2 develop empathy & other social skills?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Thank you to trainer Chuck Nemer for this list.

An Ideal List—Character Traits to Develop for Work and Life
Do What’s Right
- Ability to yield to the opinions or desires of another
- Having appearances and actions consistent with what you really are- “What you see is what you get.”
- Having a deep respect, tinged with awe, for life, nature, and property
- Reliability in keeping promises and following through on commitments

Do Your Best
- Respect for one’s self and surroundings
- Possession of the capabilities needed to do the job, and the effective performance of one’s responsibilities
- A belief in one’s own abilities to make a difference
- Using the instinctive ability that we all possess, to combine and recombine past experience in a way that results in new patterns, new configurations, or new arrangements that better serve some need
- Persevering and careful work
- An inner drive or impulse that causes one to act
- The tendency to take the most hopeful view of matters

Treat Others as You Would Like to be Treated
- Lively interest; eagerness
- Demonstrating concern for others equal to one’s concern for oneself
- The ability to be true to another beyond promises and commitments, based on your relationship
- Being approachable
- Perseverance and persistence
- The ability to withhold judgment until you can appreciate the uniqueness in each other

Friday, November 6, 2009

Great Mind Mapping Video

This is a wonderfully practical video on mind mapping, to help us remember content and to access hidden gems of knowledge.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Every Emotion has a Purpose

Every Emotion has a Purpose is a basic tenet of Emotional Intelligence. I thought of this today when I heard about a study quoted on national news:
“Bad moods can actually be good for you, with an Australian study finding that being sad makes people less gullible, improves their ability to judge others and also boosts memory.”

Here’s another quote:
“…research suggests that sadness … promotes information processing strategies best suited to dealing with more demanding situations.”

Good to know that my moods can provide some benefits at work!

You can read the entire article here.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Motivation Tip

You spend 4 hours doing a report. You give it to your boss and hear nothing back about it.

In the future, how motivated will you be to write reports?

Motivation Tip--Give Timely Feedback. Both positive and constructive.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

If near Elgin, IL--Join us for this Class in Motivating Others.

Motivating Your Team
November 12, 1-4pm $99 includes materials. visit www.elgin.edu/corporatetraining to register or for more info.

Did you know that employee disengagement may affect 80% of your workforce?
How do we remain enthused about our work? How do we inspire others? Explore new research in cognitive science & emotional intelligence; as well as Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Examine habits of thinking & motivation. Key points in the session include:
· The best & most effective ways to motivate others
· “Flow” and how to achieve it
· The many benefits of an optimistic attitude and how to maintain a positive mind set.
· Effective communication techniques to motivate and inspire your team.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Watch for Dates for this Exciting New Program in 2010.

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