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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 if I didn’t enter the canoe properly or leave the canoe properly I could sink the canoe. I then thought of meetings and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 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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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 you are an introvert, meetings are places where you can influence change AND be recognized for your value. I have learned a great […]

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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 of a meeting has a ripple effect that reaches far beyond those in attendance. If the outcome is enthusiasm, that enthusiasm spreads. If […]

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How to Change Your Company Culture One Meeting at a Time

Dick Axelrod was happy to do this guest post for the good people at Switch & Shift. Like The Axelrod Group, Switch & Shift believes there is a more human way to do business. Here is Dick’s post: Be it General Motors, the Veterans Administration, or the U.S. Congress, the answer to the problems these […]

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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 […]

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How to Make Your Next Meeting as Engaging as a Video Game

Have you ever tried to pry a child from a video game? Not easy, is it? That is because game designers embed core engagement principles into every game. Quarrel®, a combination of Risk® and Scrabble®, is a good example. In Quarrel® you play against a variety of characters of varying levels of skill. Examples are: […]

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Seven Reasons for Making Meetings Optional

Are meetings in your organization time-wasting, energy-sapping affairs? A frequent suggestion to deal with this problem is to eliminate all meetings. What if instead of eliminating all meetings you made every meeting in your organization optional? Here is what would happen.