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The 5 P's of productive meetings

  
  
  
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I know that meetings get a bad rap. People hate them. They think that meetings are gigantic wastes of time. In 2011, Harris Interactive surveyed more than 2,000 workers about status meetings, and 70 percent said that status meetings don't help them accomplish their work.

The “3 Lacks” that cause your company to flameout

  
  
  
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When I was a boy who dreamed of becoming a fighter pilot, I tried to learn everything I could about jet planes. That's when I heard about flameout for the first time.

The importance of highly disciplined, highly structured meetings

  
  
  
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A study referenced in Strategy + Business looked at mid-size companies and recorded the types of meetings they held, and the impact these meetings had on company performance over a period of two and a half years.

In praise of checklists

  
  
  
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According to the book The Checklist Manifesto - How to Get Things Right, the humblest of quality control devices, "the checklist" - is the key to taming our busy, overwhelmed, fast-changing, high-tech world.

The magic of regular feedback

  
  
  
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You might recognize some of the following “myths” about Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) - that they are somehow “different” ie:

How to run an effective daily stand up meeting

  
  
  
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As mentioned in a previous article, The Power of Small Wins, studies show that when people can see that they are making tangible progress every step of the way and experience "small wins", they become more engaged and productive. These "small wins" are the incremental steps toward longer term goals.

The power of "small wins"

  
  
  
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We dream of better futures, so we set Big Hairy Audacious Goals for our personal lives and our organizations, and work diligently toward their achievement. But because the due dates for our BHAGs are so far into the future, it is a rare event when we actually get to feel the thrill and satisfaction of achieving these long-term goals.

4 practices to drive employee engagement and energize your team

  
  
  
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How to energize and engage your team at work:

Hierarchy - a good or bad thing?

  
  
  
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Management guru Gary Hamel has stated that “bureaucracy must die” and that “top down control is toxic.”

How to manage highly productive virtual teams

  
  
  
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The last few weeks have seen me working remotely from locations in the USA (San Francisco) and throughout New Zealand (Oamaru, Hamilton, and Auckland). Even though I have been working remotely for many years now, I still have to pinch myself from time to time and reaffirm my gratitude for the technologies that allow me to perform my role and continue to work with clients no matter where in the world I am located.

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