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 […]

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How to Read a Room Like a Pro

Seasoned experts who understand how to work with the energy of a room—a high school teacher, a legal mediator, and two business executives—help you handle any family, work or social interaction with […]

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Meetings Got You Down? You Are Not Alone

The knee-jerk response to these statistics is to eliminate unnecessary meetings. (HBR Meeting Decision Tree)  We agree that makes sense. But if that is all you do, all you have is fewer […]

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An Interview with Dick Axelrod: Creating Productive Team Meeting Practices in Organisations

How do we create productive team meetings where work gets done and relationships are built? Hear from Dick Axelrod as he shares his Meeting Canoe framework to guide us in designing team […]

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Ask These 12 Questions to Help You Hold More Productive Business Meetings

Insights from a new book — Let’s Stop Meeting Like This by Dick and Emily Axelrod — can help you assess if your meetings are broken–and provide you with proper techniques to […]

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Sit. Stay. – Guest Post by Sharon Jordan-Evans and Beverly Kaye

The Stay Interview… key to engaging and retaining talent Sit. Stay. That command works for your dog (maybe). But does it work for engaging and keeping the talented employees you cannot afford […]

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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 […]

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Musing about meetings: Two big mistakes we make in meetings

When I learned to canoe, the first things I was taught was how to enter and leave a canoe and what to do if the canoe turned over. I was told that […]

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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, […]

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5 Questions to Create a Compelling Purpose for Change

Emily Axelrod contributed to the ongoing conversation over at Switch & Shift with this guest post. “We need to cut 30 million dollars from operating expenses.” What is your reaction to this […]

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Tips for Introverts in Meetings – Guest Post by Jennifer Kahnweiler

Have you ever been told by your boss that you need to speak up more at meetings? Have you been frustrated that a few people seem to dominate every conference call? If […]

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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 […]

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