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Are Your Meetings Smart Meetings?

Just as a SMART phone does more than make phone calls, a SMART Meeting does more than start and end on time. SMART meetings: Increase collaboration Resolve critical business issues Spark creativity Spread collaboration Improve continuously The reason a SMART phone is able to do more than an ordinary phone is because it is designed […]

Five Important Trends in Organization Design

Recently I participated in a panel discussion with members of the Organization Design Forum’s Advisory Group of which I’m a member. Participating in this discussion were Stu Winby (President, Sapience Consulting), Sue Mohrman (Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations, University of Southern California), Craig McGee (President, Solutions Consulting), Terri Hill (President of […]

Make Your Meeting Hum: Always apply these 5 lessons from neuroscience

You can only do one thing at a time. Despite your desire to multitask, you can only do one thing well at a time. Think distracted driving. Instead of enforcing an arbitrary ground rule like no cell phones, share this lesson from neuroscience with meeting participants. Then ask the group to discuss what they are […]

Four Causes of Unproductive Meetings and What to Do about Them

1. Unclear Purpose Meeting participants are unclear about the purpose of the meeting or what they want to accomplish. Before holding a meeting, ask yourself what you want to be different for yourself, the participants, and the organization as a result of holding this meeting. Make sure you share this purpose with the participants. If […]

The Face of Courage

“I’m dying.” Jamie’s strong vibrant voice uttered these words as Emily and I, along with friends and family, gathered at a healing ceremony to honor, support, and show our love for Jamie and Maren Showkeir*. Everyone in the room knew that ALS was in the process of claiming Jamie. That is why we were there. […]

Flag Football

Lessons from a flag football coach who just happens to be female

This fall Kathy Kuchas coached my grandson Zach’s flag football team. Having a woman football coach is not a common experience for most thirteen-year-old boys. Build leader independence What makes Kathy unusual is not that she is a female football coach. It is how she coaches her team to be self-reliant. One of the interesting […]

Unfair

It’s Not Fair

A joint post by Dick and Emily Axelrod Have you ever had this experience? A red-faced, foot-stomping child yells at the top of their voice, “That’s not fair!” “Life isn’t fair,” you respond, “Get over it.” It doesn’t have to be this way. There is an alternative. You can say, “Life isn’t fair, but I can […]

Engaging Millennials: 5 Core Engagement Factors Your Meetings Must Have

Millennials are continuous learners, team players, collaborators, achievement-oriented, socially conscious, and highly educated. Like many of us, they hate to have their time wasted in meetings that become soul-sucking chores. The experience of a meeting has a ripple effect that reaches far beyond those in attendance. If the outcome is enthusiasm, that enthusiasm spreads. If […]

Keystone habits

Are Meetings Keystone Habits?

When we think of habits we often think of bad habits, when in fact habits are efficient patterns of behavior. Habits allow us to make routine decisions without having to rethink them every time. How often do you drive to work and wonder how you got there? In The Power of Habit, CharlesDuhigg identifies what […]