Keeping Meetings On Track
We all have been in meetings with certain people who get our blood pressure to rise or just make us feel what a waste of time. Here are some of those people and hints on how you can maintain keep the meeting on track without coming across as a dictator or inept leader.
"Nora, that's a good point you're making, but right now we're discussing agenda point two. I see that Joe wants to make a comment. Or, "That really deals with agenda item four. Can you hold that thought and we'll get back to you." You've been frank but you haven't zapped anyone publicly.
"Sam, as a department head, you've had experience with this. What suggestions can you make? Would you like to make them now or perhaps think about it?" This technique lets Sam make the decision on whether or not he wishes to talk and when. The "Sams" of the world may need some extra effort but it's vitally important that contribute to decisions that can have an impact on departmental or team performance.
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Stomp Out Leeches In Your Company
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The Gift of Gratitude
Gratitude might seem like a soft or even an obvious subject to you. Perhaps you would rather read about a leadership lesson or a marketing approach or even a motivational technique. If that is what you are thinking, I urge you to read on. I don't think you will be disappointed.
Influencing Change - A Guide for Sellers, Coaches, and Supervisors
When people or groups make a decision to purchase something, they go through the same decision cycle that an individual goes through to decide upon a personal change, or an employee goes through to change behaviors at a boss's insistence.
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Leadership is only sustainable when leaders consistently come up with good ideas ? when they are dependable thought leaders. It follows then that leaders would be more effective if they knew how to manage creativity and innovation.
Innovation, Idea Selection, Valuation
There is no sure fire route to commercial success, but one can maximize the chances of selecting those ideas that are most likely to succeed. Organizations short of R & D resources must implement such processes. The Economist (2003) states that 3000 bright ideas result in 100 worthwhile projects, which are winnowed down to four development programmes. And four such development programmes are required to stand any chance of getting one winner.
Office politics! It's just another way of saying: "The employees are not getting along!"
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Five Principles of Effective Communication
The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. George Bernard Shaw
Got A Meeting Planned? Ask This Question
Meetings ? they are a fact of our business lives. And while the number of meetings and the amount of time you spend in them may vary based on your job title, it is hard to argue that they are a significant part of business life today.
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