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To Meet Or Not To Meet: That Is The Question meetings Aug 11, 2021

I like “short cuts”: making things easy but still useful. The best shortcuts get us to the destination without creating more chaos along the way, right?

I was recently involved in a project with unclear goals and multiple people involved from both inside and outside the organization...

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Your 1:1 Meetings: Move Beyond a Simple Checklist meetings Aug 04, 2021

Dion was just coming out of a meeting with his manager. The frazzled look on his face told everyone how that meeting went. Dion was more stressed and more overwhelmed by the meeting. Like all too many meetings, his already lengthy to-do list got longer and his energy got lower. The bounce in his...

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How will you facilitate the meeting? Try Discover, Discuss, Decide meetings Jul 28, 2021

Once you have figured out that your decision lands in the “yellow zone” you have to bring your group together to share information, offer their perspectives and collectively move toward a decision. At the end of the meeting, the decision may move up the continuum to the leader...

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Need a Team Decision-Making Framework? decision making meetings Jul 21, 2021

It’s time to make a decision and you know you don’t have all the information you need. The decision impacts a broad range of people, and you are going to need some buy-in from others to execute on any of the options you choose.

This situation calls for a meeting … and not just...

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Meetings are a Must - So Master your Meeting Facilitation meetings Jul 14, 2021

Meetings are a must for every leader. So commonplace that we often don’t invest in the savviness that it takes to lead a meeting well. All too often I can show up for a meeting and just wing it and typically it turns out okay. But, when I take the time to prepare it can move from okay to...

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Not the Same Old Boring Meeting meetings Jul 07, 2021

I clicked on the link and headed into the virtual meeting. I had no idea what to expect. There was a “title” on the invitation to the meeting, but it was pretty nondescript so I was unprepared for the meeting. I was new to the team and everyone else seemed to fall into a groove that...

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Balance the Over and Under of Communication communication Jun 30, 2021

Have you ever entertained the idea of undercommunicating something? As leaders we know that communication is a key leadership competency. Yet, sometimes we struggle with finding the right balance in our communication. Another way of thinking about it might be to call what we need to accomplish as...

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Know Your Audience: Not everybody hears the same communication Jun 23, 2021

I always find it interesting when discussing a sermon, a training or a podcast with a colleague or a friend learning they heard something totally different than I did. Sometimes I feel compelled to go back and listen again wondering how I missed it! We are all wired so different kinds of...

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Presentations: What to Cut and What to Say communication Jun 16, 2021

So you have a presentation coming up. You’re wondering the best way to approach the process to get the results you want. Too often we try to accomplish too many things in a given presentation and fall into the trap of over communicating that confuses our audience.

Start with a clear purpose...

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Adjust Your Pace for Perspective confidence Jun 09, 2021

Have you ever thought about how stepping out of the day-to-day into a new space offers a new perspective? It seems so simple, but sometimes working at a coffee shop instead of your office opens up creativity. Stepping out of the rigor of the lengthy “to-do” list to dedicate time to...

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Pressing into Something New confidence May 27, 2021

Starting a new thing can be tough. It can stretch us, alter our thinking and heighten our emotions. That’s not a bad thing. That’s growth.

Recently, I started a new project. It included dusting off an old skill I haven’t used in a while as well as stretching into areas where...

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Living an Integrated Life confidence May 13, 2021

We often have competing responsibilities that require tradeoffs between the multiple priorities both today and for our future. The idea that we can balance it all is a myth I recently discussed with my co-host on the Side by Side Podcast. Rather than balancing my life, I often think of it as...

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