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Optimizing Meetings In Your Business April 20, 2010

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A cost center for most organizations is meetings.  This is true even though most companies don’t track it as such.  Consider the true cost of meetings.  First and fundamentally, if you simply calculate the cost / hour of your key team members in terms of compensation, and multiply that times a conservative number that represents hours spent in meetings, the price tag will shock you.  Then, if you consider the soft costs of meetings, which include lost productivity (as most meetings have significant dead time), decreased morale (as most meetings frustrate versus excite), depleted energy (as most meetings deplete versus replenish), and group think (as most meetings stall decisions and take great ideas into hostage). 

Let’s play with this for a moment.  If we ban these types of traditional meetings from our organization and replace them with something more powerful, communicative, collaborative, engaging, and innovative, what would that look like?  How do you create that within your organization?  What is the first step to take?

Very simply, most companies don’t practice the fundamentals of effective meetings like agendas, requiring timeliness, stating the goal of the meeting, and facilitating brainstorming.  People attend unprepared, and typically with low energy from the onset. 

Thus, as a meeting facilitator, a few easy steps are to simply shore up these areas.  To create buy-in and engagement at the beginning of the meeting by talking about the goal and why it’s important.  By helping people to see what’s in it for them, and to create an environment where people take risks with their input, their creativity, and candor.  

What if you scheduled a “brilliance session” or “gathering of geniuses” instead of a meeting?  What if you include a motivational quote on the agenda?  Start every meeting having someone read the vision and key goals out loud with zest?  Rotate facilitators?  End every meeting by celebrating the zaniest idea?  Summarizing the result and having everyone verbally grade the flow and effectiveness of the meeting? 

Sound hokey?  Maybe.  But, more importantly, would you get a better result?  Most definitely.  The way a company “meets” has a lot to communicate about it’s culture.  Changing a culture happens in step changes and shifts of energy that than become the “new way.”  There are many ideas that shift people’s energy, and thus, their results.  The limit if your imagination and willingness to take a risk.

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Rules for Living April 19, 2010

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The rules we choose, consciously or otherwise, to govern our lives determine our reality.  By consciously choosing powerful, positive, and spiritual rules, we create the opportunity for a powerful, positive, and spiritual life.  What are rules for living?  They are the what we believe to be true about ourselves.  They are the thoughts we have in the face of circumstance that determine our response to and engagement with those circumstances. 

By a young age, most of us have unconsciously formed rules based on our experiences, parents, perceptions, & beliefs.  For example, a child who is told repeatedly their family lacks the “math gene,” may have unconsciously developed a rule “I am not good at math.”  Thus, their feelings about and experience with math is impacted.  A different child who is told they are great at math will have a rule opposite of the first child.  What differences do you think will occur in these two children as they learn math?

We can choose our rules at any time, rewriting old patterns and scripts.  We can choose to believe we have the ability to attract abundance, that we are highly competent at our profession, that we are the perfect parent for our own child, giving the perfect guidance to their development.  Or, we can choose to allow the world to define our rules for us, which will inevitably result in living a less joyous, harmonious, and productive life than what we are capable of at our optimum performance. 

Taking time to consciously think of and write down our rules for living, and then to read those aloud so that they become part of our natural thought patterns is worthy investment we make in ourselves.  How we show up in our lives and in the lives of others is a choice.  Choose Well!