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Three Reasons Your Meetings Suck . . . the Life Out of Everyone – Poor Facilitation (Part 2 of 3)

Three Reasons Your Meetings Suck . . . the Life Out of Everyone – Poor Facilitation (Part 2 of 3)

How many times have you sat through meetings where discussions got off track, tempers flared, and the meeting ran longer than scheduled? These are just some of the frustrations meeting participants feel about a poorly run meeting. That’s why the second reason your meetings suck the life out of everyone is: poor facilitation.  Last week we […]

Three Reasons Your Meetings Suck . . . the Life Out of Everyone – Poor Planning (Part 1 of 3)

Three Reasons Your Meetings Suck . . . the Life Out of Everyone – Poor Planning (Part 1 of 3)

“Hey, I’m having a meeting this afternoon, do you want to come?” “Yes! HOORAY! Thanks so much for asking!” Said no one ever. Millions of meetings occur in the U.S. every day and most professionals find that they lose approximately 31 hours a month to ineffective meetings. Why, you ask? Because most people who conduct […]

Is Someone in Your Life Disloyal? Maybe You’re to Blame

Is Someone in Your Life Disloyal? Maybe You’re to Blame

In my workshops, I often hear business owners and leaders lament that “There’s no loyalty these days.” Sometimes they’re referring to their employees. Sometimes it’s vendors or customers. A few times, it’s been a family member. So is it true? My answer is no, I don’t think it’s true. I think there’s a lot of loyalty […]

The #1 Way to Avoid Misunderstandings and Conflict: Perception Checking

The #1 Way to Avoid Misunderstandings and Conflict: Perception Checking

Most of the conflict I have experienced in my life, both firsthand and secondhand, has not been the result of factual disagreement, but of differing perceptions. Every day we interact with others, “notice” their behavior, and then proceed to draw conclusions about what it is, what it means, etc. Our interpretations, and thus our final perceptions, […]

Five Powerless Communication Techniques You Should Stop Using Today

Five Powerless Communication Techniques You Should Stop Using Today

Without even realizing it, you may have let wimpy words and powerless phrases sneak into your vocabulary. These words and phrases tell others that you’re unsure of yourself, your ideas, and your position. The result? They’re likely zapping your personal power and credibility at work. If you want to project confidence and authority and need […]

6 Reasons You Should NOT be Friends with Your Employees

6 Reasons You Should NOT be Friends with Your Employees

In my workshops for new supervisors and business owners, I’m often asked if it’s “okay” to be friends with your employees? My quick answer is NO. However, it depends on how you define friendship. If you define friendship as a mutually beneficial relationship where both parties support each other in achieving their goals, then yes. […]

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