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How Meetings Fail (and how to fix it)

Meetings fail when they wander through generalities, accomplish little, and consume the attention of people who could be making better...

The Golden Rule of Meetings

The Golden Rule of Meetings: Make them no longer than they need to be. Three ways to accomplish this: Have an agenda. Communicate it...

How to Stop Missing Deadlines

Most professionals don't have a problem missing meetings. We don't miss meetings because it's made it onto our calendars so nothing else...

Who Does What by When

If you are struggling to gain traction in your projects with your team, begin asking this question: who does what by when? Each meeting,...

Why You Can Never Leave Work on Time

The reason some struggle to leave work on time is that we use the 'work-being-done' as the measure. But the work is never done. So if...

In Times of Uncertainty, Overcommunicate

As leaders, it's our responsibility to communicate proactively. Each instance of communication we provide for our team helps fill in...

How to Leave a Meeting Well

Here's a few tips to leaving a meeting well: Schedule meetings back-to-back. If one meeting looks to runs long, you simply say, "my next...

When Rejected, Ask Why

Rejection sucks. But not getting the feedback you need to improve is worse. Having a sales proposal turned down is painful for two...

Do This Before You Criticize Someone

"This job would be easy if it weren't for the people." "Employees don't care. I have to watch them closely the entire time." "How is this...

The Most Important Followup Question

"And what else?" Almost every good thing starts with curiosity. The ability to ask a question and genuinely listen to the answer is the...

Start on Time to End on Time

One of the biggest frustrations in organizational life is the meeting that overruns its allotted time. It inhibits your colleagues’...

3 Questions to Planning a Meeting Agenda

Leading well in a meeting is one of the strongest ways to communicate value to the organization and show expertise to your colleagues....