Motivation Mondays: A Simple Tip for Great Meetings

Dec 16, 2013 | By Staff | Leadership Meetings Motivation Mondays Teams

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You want to get the most out of your meetings but aren’t sure how.

Keep this simple equation in mind to make sure you get the most bang for your buck out of every meeting you have:

No Leader + No Documentation + No Follow Up = WASTE OF TIME

This tip, from management consultant Steve Tobak, highlights exactly what you need to remember to achieve meeting greatness.

  1.   Leadership – Who is leading the meeting? Who is facilitating the discussion?
  2.   Documentation – Is someone taking notes? Do you have a recorder?
  3.   Follow Up – Who’s accountable for what? Is someone responsible for following up?

Though Tobak’s equation may seem obvious or overly simple, that’s its true beauty. If you can ensure that you and your team have those three things in place, you’re on your way to better, more effective meetings. Immediately.

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Culture vs. Qualifications: Who Wins?

Dec 5, 2013 | By Staff | Culture Hiring/Firing

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It used to be that qualifications (e.g. a college degree, previous job experience) were the determining factors that drove companies’ recruitment and hiring strategies. But new information shows that culture matters too, for both employers and employees.

Businessweek recently cited a study done by employment site, Glassdoor.com, which collected “285,000 questions asked by hiring managers.” Scott Dobroski, the spokesman for Glassdoor notes that they have found “a significant rise in questions asked about cultural fit,” such as questions about job applicants’ favorite books, movies, or websites.

And it turns out potential employers aren’t the only ones increasingly concerning themselves with culture. Potential employees are also placing more emphasis on considering the cultural fit of a new workplace. Dobroski also points out to Businessweek that according to Glassdoor’s study, company culture is now the second-highest priority of potential employees, narrowly behind salary.

So no matter which side of the 21st century interview table you’re on, don’t forget to think beyond qualifications…..think culture.

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Motivation Mondays: Next Level Leadership

Dec 2, 2013 | By Staff | Leadership Motivation Mondays

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Many of us want to be leaders at work. We’re not talking about being Vice Presidents or CEOs – sure some of those guys and gals are leaders too, but certainly not all of them. We’re talking about being leaders at work regardless of our job title, rank, or position.

So how do we take our leadership to the next level? Think about this quote from bestselling business writer, Harvey Mackay:

“A mediocre person tells. A good person explains. A superior person demonstrates. A great person inspires others to see for themselves.”

 Mackay wasn’t necessarily referring to leadership when he wrote those words, but let’s think about Mackay’s quote in the framework of leadership and see where his words fall on a leadership spectrum:

     Telling someone to do something.

          Explaining how to do something.

               Demonstrating how to do something.

                    Inspiring others to do something themselves.

 Now, if you consider yourself a leader, where do you think you fall on the spectrum?

Does your leadership consist of merely telling someone to do something?

Or does your leadership consist of modeling behavior and inspiring others to do something themselves?

True leadership walks the talk, and inspires other to do the same.

Walk on.

 

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Motivation Mondays: Gauging Success

Nov 21, 2013 | By Staff | Motivation Mondays Teams

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Gauging the success of a project can be challenging.

What constitutes success? How do you measure it? What does it look like?

Part of measuring success is managing project expectations. It’s important to be realistic. If your expectations are unrealistically high, you many never feel your project is truly successful. That kind of outlook often leads to frustration, confusion, and even failure. This problem is never more apparent than when a newly-formed team takes on a new project. Teams face more challenges than individuals when completing a project – more cooks…more ingredients…more opinions…bigger kitchen…more knives. Yikes!

The diagram above, by Demitri Martin, illustrates what constitutes a realistic view of success for most people and most teams. Success is not a straight shot to the moon, without interruptions or obstacles, without rest-stops for refueling and rechecking the map. Success is often a tumultuous journey on a windy and treacherous path fraught with differing personalities, group disagreements, and competing priorities, and with plenty of need for course-correction and recalculating. But do not be discouraged. The windy path is normal!

If you’re expecting your project to be an overnight moon shot, you may need to think again. Fight off unrealistic expectations and curb frustrations. Success takes time and patience. Stay the course.

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