At RESULTS.com we are in the the privileged position of being able to observe thousands of managers and teams working on their Goals, and by analyzing the patterns we quickly learn what works and what doesn’t in terms of achieving better business results.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You might recognize some of the following “myths” about Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) - that they are somehow “different” ie:
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.
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.
How to energize and engage your team at work:
Management guru Gary Hamel has stated that “bureaucracy must die” and that “top down control is toxic.”
Since implementing the RESULTS.com software, communication between staff members regarding reaching targets and goals has improved ten-fold. (There is also healthy competition with the new “gamificiation” feature!)
Tania Young – Director – BRAVEday
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