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13 Jun

The cure for unfocused meetings

Date: 2012-06-13 12:00 Comments: 0

Have you ever been the coordinator of a meeting where you had a difficult time keeping the participants on track and in line with the set agenda? What was intended to be a brief update suddenly ...

14 Mar

Find a time for meetings with ease

Date: 2012-03-14 11:00 Comments: 0

Some things are best done in cooperation with others. That is why we need to have meetings. In order to meet, we need to find an appropriate time when everyone is available.

But ...

18 Jan

The change project’s most treacherous word

Date: 2012-01-18 10:15 Comments: 0

There is a word which is sometimes deceivingly tempting to use. There we are at the management conference we have every six months to set the course for the six months to come. It is at the end of the day and we are quite drained after a full day of discussions. The word starts emerging in everyone’s mind, and before you know it, someone says it ...

22 Oct

Get more done in meetings using the “agenda”-method

Date: 2010-10-22 11:24 Comments: 0

Let’s say you’ve got something you want to talk about with a certain person next time you meet him. It’s not that urgent that you need to call instantly, but can wait till you meet next time. Perhaps this is someone who is difficult to reach, even by telephone.

Let’s call him Bob.

It’s easy to remember that ...

13 Oct

Ten things to agree upon

Date: 2010-10-13 10:47 Comments: 0

To be effective on your own as if you were isolated in your own bubble is one thing, but what about when we work together with other people, in a project or in any form of team?

As soon as we are more than one person, it is easy ...

02 Jun

Take control of everything incoming

Date: 2010-06-02 22:48 Comments: 0

Many of us experience chaos from time to time in our everyday life when we are flooded by a constant stream of proposals, information and messages, more or less unchecked, through too many different channels. It’s as if we are exposed to a bunch of pipelines which deliver contributions to our everyday planning.

??If we’re not to drown in piles of paper, ...

09 Apr

That's how much your meeting costs

Date: 2010-04-09 14:50 Comments: 0

Have you ever thought about how much a prolonged meeting really costs extra?

Now you can easily look it up, even during the meeting.

12 Feb

How Google keep their meetings efficient

Date: 2010-02-12 09:21 Comments: 2

Most of us spend much of our days in meetings. At the risk of generalizing, I dare say that we all have experienced meetings that we wish we had not attended and that turned out not quite what we had expected. There may be meetings where do not come to any decision, meetings that get prolonged, meetings that start late, meetings that are completely chaotic, etc.

When you want to refine the way you do something, it is a good idea to ask the pros, those that apparently manage to develop their businesses from success to success, mostly by having meetings. A while ago, BusinessWeek published an interview with Marissa Mayer, Google’s Vice President of search products, where she ...

04 Feb

Concrete meetings and high speed notes

Date: 2010-02-04 10:47 Comments: 0

In a normal week at work, I have got a lot of different meetings with different people. It can be project-meetings, sales-meetings, lunch meetings or other kinds of meetings. 

It is important for me that all of my meetings result in some form of progression, that they are tangible, and that all parties know the purpose of the meeting. It is not necessary that we make decisions in every meeting for things to progress; some meetings’ primary purpose is to get to know each other and our respective businesses, but ...

04 Jan

"I want you to turn off your cellphone"

Date: 2010-01-04 09:34 Comments: 0

A couple of weeks ago, I visited Fläkt Woods in Växjö, Sweden, in order to hold a course in personal productivity for their staff. Fläkt Woods is a global business in ventilation solutions and they are the market leader in their field.

Meeting them was impressive in many ways. One thing was ...

16 Dec

The beauty of getting an overview

Date: 2009-12-16 09:03 Comments: 0

Do you ever experience from time to time that you are just completing task after task, doing one detailed thing after another, and everything is spinning so fast that you can’t grasp what’s going on, and that you don’t even have the time to reflect on what week it is and what’s coming up next month? Join the club.

It’s one thing to be in a flow, to feel that everything is clicking and falling into place, that you move from clarity to clarity and are getting things done, but that is not the situation I am talking about.

The condition I have in mind can be recognized by that you feel a week has just begun when it suddenly is Friday, you are astonished to realize that a certain meeting was “this week already?!” or that you are always running out of time when you are close to a deadline. To use a worn, but none the less illuminating expression: “You can’t see the woods for all the trees”.

My solution to this situation is ...

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