July 2017

How to Run Effective Team Meetings

MEI GroupLike you, I have been to (and led) my share of team meetings – some effective, others a colossal waste of time.

None are immune from the occasional poorly run gathering.

Want to improve?

Work to get team members to say 4 things.

1. “We go in there, do what we need to do, & finish.”

Losing focus costs time, money, & energy. Don’t let the conversation wander too far, feed personal agendas, or allow someone to hijack the discussion. If Monday is always a crazy day, avoid it. Pick a time that works best & protect it.

5 Questions Every Team Member Should Be Able to Answer

Every year, organizations invest millions, if not billions of dollars to generate sales, launch new products, improve customer service, increase employee effectiveness, and reduce inefficiencies, all in an effort to ultimately deliver on strategic priorities.

Process improvement initiatives, computer systems sporting acronym-laden names, and continual reorganization efforts often lead the pack. At times, desired results are achieved and the investment is validated. However, all too often, initiatives die on the vine due to leadership changes and lack of continued funding, or the muffled conversation that the effort should have never started in the first place eventually wins the day.

It’s Time to Engage ‘That’ Person

A little over a year ago, my wife and I bought a new house. Since inking the deal, we have invested much of our free time checking items off of our “to do” list. The cumulative effect of our efforts is that the house feels right – it’s comfortable – it’s home.

There are many things we value about our home.

Appreciating the moment

Sometimes when things are going well, we find ourselves not appreciating the moment, but yearning for more. Or, we are anxious about what is around the next corner.

Experience has taught us that, for the most part, we are either moving forward or sliding backward. A business is either evolving or unraveling. A plant grows and dies, but doesn’t remain static. Occasionally we must hit pause and appreciate wherever we are on the journey and thank those who choose to travel with us.

Are You Fostering Enough Fear and Anger in Your Organization?

If you think that our world is terrifying, dangerous, and insane.

Guess what? 

It is; and, it has always been that way.

Every generation has faced its own terrifying, dangerous, and insane version of the world.

Arguably, what makes today seem worse is that this is our time. This is our experience and the media loves to fuel our fear and anger.

A Quick Thought About People

Your people aren’t just warm bodies in a cubicle maze or interchangeable parts in a machine.

They are individuals, each with unique capabilities, hopes, dreams, and a wide-range of other characteristics that make up the human experience.

Your people want to be recognized as individuals. You should know what matters to each of your team members. You should understand what motivates each person.

Consider Adding These to Your Office

Forbes Magazine reports that 1 in 5 employed Americans work from home. Experts believe that number will grow by 60% in the next five years. Greater flexibility, increased productivity, and financial savings are cited as the catalysts driving the teleworking trend. Small businesses, large corporations, and government agencies around the globe are participating in the work-from-home movement.

Great Leaders Master Both Map and Compass

Some leaders amass tremendous knowledge about a given organization or type of work. These people have paid their dues and climbed the ladder. They’ve, “been there and done that.”

map compass

As a result, they are good with a map.

Others may have less experience, but are ferocious learners. They learn big lessons from even the smallest of experiences. They are constantly reading about their craft and asking good questions. They put themselves into new, often challenging, situations to quickly gain exposure. What these leaders lack in quantity of time is made up for in quality of experience.