One of the most common complaints related to meetings is that they end without any assigned actions. You may have had a very engaging discussion, but when people walk away from a meeting without any plan for follow through they assume the time spent was largely wasted. So what prevents us from assigning action items? […]
Meetings Don’t Make Decisions. Leaders Do. When an issue arises, calling a meeting has become so habitual, so automatic, that we’ve begun to conflate the meeting with the decision-making process itself. We assume that some-how the meeting will make the decision. It never does. Decision-oriented meetings can’t make decisions; only leaders can. When an issue […]
Should I hold a meeting? Can the issue be solved by picking up the phone and dialing someone? Am I experiencing a lot of anxiety right now? Would an e-mail work better? Would this work better as a series of one-on-one conversations? Is the issue at hand largely inconsequential? Am I holding the meeting purely […]
There’s a famous quote often attributed to Abraham Lincoln that goes like this: “If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.” Good advice — sometimes. When it comes to a large tree, a hulking sequoia for example, spending time optimizing the effectiveness of the […]
For three years now I’ve been working tirelessly on a new book. And although it won’t officially be out until January, today, I’m thrilled to be able to finally tell you about: Persuadable: How Great Leaders Change Their Minds to Change the World (Harper Business).
In this, the third and final video in the better meetings series, I explain the secret to making informational meetings, short, intense, and productive.
What if there was one simple thing you could do as a meeting leader that could significantly increase the chances your attendees will follow through? Well there is, and in this second video in my three part series, I’ll tell you what it is and why it works.
In this brief video, I tell you how to structure your decision making meetings by using what I call the three-act framework. It’s simple, powerful, and easy to implement.
Today, Portfolio (a division of Penguin Random House) is publishing a new and improved edition of Read This Before Our Next Meeting (and it’s finally available in bookstores). The first thing you’ll probably notice when you pick up the book — right after the beautiful new cover — is that the seven principles of the Modern Meeting Standard have been converted into eight principles. Seven wasn’t enough.
In this 12-minute webinar you’ll learn a simple framework that will guide you as you guide others.