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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 […]

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 to lose? Probably not. Here’s another approach you can take that will work. It’s called the Stay Interview and it has now been […]

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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, “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 […]

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 purpose statement? Do you want to join the effort or sit on the sidelines? If your change process lacks purpose, you are lost. […]

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Beyond Thermometer Solutions

Sometime this year, your organization will probably conduct an employee survey. The survey might indicate that you need to: Connect people to the organization’s vision. Increase trust with employees. Communicate more effectively.