Leadership & Management
Here are a few ideas to help you create more effective meetings.
Print these out and keep them close. They might save you a ton of time, energy, and frustration!
Download a printable version of the graphic on the tools page. Just scroll down to the section marked meetings, find the file, and download it. It’s that easy!
Effective mentors fulfill 6 key roles. Each role is critical to success. Click here to download the image.
Do you want to dig deeper? Click on tools tab for a free assessment of your mentorship abilities. It’s easy. Just scroll down to the Mentor Self Assessment, click the link, and complete the assessment.
Scientists tell us that there is enough nuclear energy in a few buckets of seawater to power the entire world for a day—if it could be unleashed.
Likewise, there’s enough talent, intelligence, capability, and creativity in each of the people in your organization to astound you—if it could be unleashed. Just take a moment to imagine if you and your organization could tap into this power. What could you achieve?
Today’s productivity problems go far deeper than just managing units of time. Our world has a few specific challenges that allow the time to just “go by,” and can leave us feeling unaccomplished and weary at the end of a day.
Productivity Problem #1
We are making more decisions than we ever have before. Think about it. Every email, demand, request, phone call, and/or idea is a decision your brain is required to make. During the Industrial Age, workers on an assembly line put one part on one machine a hundred times a day. They had few choices and fewer decisions to make. Decisions they did have to make were simple and of low value. Their tools had one, straightforward use.
A few weeks ago, I stumbled across an article about 18-year-old Ruti Olajugbagbe and learned three great coaching lessons. Ruti is the 2018 winner of The Voice UK Season 7. The show is a multi-week talent contest in which celebrities partner with contestants in an effort to be named the season’s best singer.
The great Archimedes (287–212 BCE), one of the world’s finest mathematicians, was a person before his time. Not only did he invent integral calculus and figure the approximate value of π (pi) he is also said to be the father of the machine age by discovering and putting to use the properties of levers and pulleys.
In Mumbai, India, a city of 17 million people, fast food has a unique meaning.
Every day, about 5,000 dabbawalas, or “lunchbox people,” deliver nearly a quarter of a million home-cooked lunches around this vast, tumultuous city—at high speed and without error!
Because people who work in the city enjoy a home-cooked lunch, thousands of white-capped dabbawalas pick up the lunches in characteristic stacked lunchboxes, called “dabbas,” from nearly a quarter of a million homes in the suburbs between 9 and 10 in the morning. The mission: to get this specific lunch by lunchtime to a specific person downtown who is hungry for a hot meal. And it arrives every day—exactly at 12:30 pm.
Organizations that fail to continuously improve their capabilities will inevitably fade away. Creating a culture that is continually learning and growing is essential to the future of your organization.
Creating this type of an organization is a leader’s job – it can’t be outsourced.
Let’s face it… In many organizations, employees have become so entrenched with how they have historically done things that they fail to look for better ways to perform. Sure, some have tried to implement continuous improvement efforts like total quality management or six sigma. Although laudable, few of these efforts have managed to become ingrained in the culture. This often occurs not because the initiative was a bad idea, but because the implementation approach was flawed.