Category Archive: Meetings and agendas

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

Plan Execution: From an Apple Sr. V.P.

Jay Elliot served as the Senior Vice President of Apple Computer, responsible for all corporate operations, including HR, Facilities, Real Estate, IT, Education, and Pacific Rim Sales, plus corporate business planning, reporting directly… Continue reading

Four Ways Managers Roadblock Productivity

  “Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.” Peter Drucker Four ways managers roadblock productivity Talking – Managers that roadblock work talk too… Continue reading