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linkedin-iconWe would love your responses to a LinkedIn poll we have created to a question that has been troubling us in recent training sessions and seminars. Which activity is preventing you from achieving your work goals? Provide your response and see if others are feeling the same way.

Are meetings taking up far too much of your work life? Feeling frustrated by poorly planned meetings or Chairpeople not controlling the participants? Feel like the meetings you attend are directionless or out of control? Are you often wondering why you were invited to the meeting at all?

If I had a dollar for every time a Manager or supervisor told me they spent too much time in meetings, I would be a very rich man. Meetings have become an essential part of doing business in the modern world; but why are so many of them poorly managed? A poor meeting has normally been caused by one of 3 key areas being handled poorly: planning & preparation, meeting leadership, and meeting processes & guidelines.

Here are some tips for avoiding meeting madness:

Are meetings taking up far too much of your work life? Feeling frustrated by poorly planned meetings or Chairpeople not controlling the participants? Feel like the meetings you attend are directionless or out of control? Are you often wondering why you were invited to the meeting at all?

Monday, 26 March 2012 20:11

Building Business Perfection

The wonderful thing I love about working in the leadership development space is that inspiration for great leadership can abound everywhere. While traveling for my last international training engagement, I stopped at the airport newsagent to pick up something to read. I usually head for the management books (a little sad I know), but one magazine on sporting rifles caught my attention.

Would you be able to run a successful business if you only delivered 25 products a year? You would if you are the owner of Fabbri rifles, where you can see each rifle for almost 200,000 pounds each.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012 23:53

Does your team have a secret hierarchy?

Lesson 15 of 15 - Leadership Lessons I learnt from my Dog. The leadership hierarchy needs to be understood by all of the team.

 

Nothing confuses a dog more than a lack of understanding of who is the leader. Having recently worked with a dog trainer to help us with Jake, I was told that most families confuse their dogs (and the dogs understanding of their place in the family hierarchy) through a lack of understanding of some very simple actions. Who provides the dog its food, who gets attention first and who leads when going for a walk might seem like small things to us, but they communicate an awful lot to a dog regarding their place in the team.

In a recent editorial in BRW (Mar 1-7), Kate Mills highlighted her 5 lessons that company leaders should be taking from the recent power struggle between Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd. Kate stresses that the leadership crisis isn’t just in politics but in leadership in the corporate world as well.

In this respect I couldn’t agree more. Employees and middle Managers in all industries are looking for authentic leaders that can think beyond the bottom line and provide them with real goals, real understanding of what they are doing and real meaning to make their job worthwhile.

Consider this - how many emails do you delete a day without reading the entire email? 10, 20? What makes you delete them so quickly? Another thing to consider - have you every attended a meeting where you just wanted to person talking to get to the point? If so (or if this person has been you), then perhaps they / you need to consider what is being said and ensure that it is more effective. Here are a few tips to help.

Thursday, 23 February 2012 04:34

The Marshmallow Challenge

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The Marshmallow Challenge is an experiential activity used to develop planning, teamwork, communication and vision. 

istock 000005424937small - multiple arrowsEver wanted to know what your supervisor / Managers expect of you, the boss? Having facilitated hundreds of Managers in leadership training courses and focus groups, the answer to the simple questions ‘What skills and qualities do you expect of your Manager?’ and ‘What skills and qualities do your people expect from you?’ are remarkably consistent.

From banking to printing, military to Government Departments, manufacturing to telecommunications, the expectations of supervisors are clear and consistent.

Here are the top 5 expectations that supervisors / managers (middle management) have of their senior leaders (Manager / CEO):

Thursday, 17 November 2011 19:13

Is Your Leadership Revered or Reviled?

client-relationshipsHave you worked for a leader that truly inspired you? Made you feel like what you did was worthwhile? Alternatively, have you worked for a leader that made you feel worthless?

What have you based your leadership on – emulating what a good leader has demonstrated for you or making sure you never repeat their awful mistakes?

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