Category Archive: Meetings and agendas

The Secret to Adaptive Cultures

Have you noticed this hypocrisy in yourself or people in your organization? Out of one side of our mouths we say, “We love new ideas.” Out of the other we say, “We hate… Continue reading

Tapping the Secret Power of Leadership

How can leaders powerfully drive home essential principles and values without seeming pedantic? I’ve had teams leave meetings early to participate in community service. Yes, six people left 30 minutes early to go… Continue reading

Creating a Hoop Free Zone

Sluggish organizations require hoops before action. Dogs enjoy jumping through hoops, people don’t. Hoops represent frigid control. Passion is inversely proportional to the number of hoops required. Hoops are roadblocks masquerading as protection. Why it matters:… Continue reading

Restarting Stalled Projects, Guaranteed

Every reason projects stall comes back to one, lack of urgency. Foggy deliverables, inadequate resources, blurred priorities, under qualified participants, and distant deadlines inevitably drain urgency. Who’s responsible: Save time, energy, and resources by… Continue reading

How to Make Risk Taking Less Risky

I woke up this morning to a few email questions from individuals seeking my perspective, advice, or suggestions. I usually answer questions with questions and when applicable reflect back what I see. Giving… Continue reading

Polite meetings waste time

  Yesterday I interviewed Robert Herbold, former Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft and author of “What’s Holding You Back.” Bob’s quiet, gentlemanly tone shifted toward disdain when the topic moved to wasting time in poorly… Continue reading