How many death-by-meeting meetings have you been in already this week? My guess is that your answer is “too many!”
Meetings are the biggest time-wasters – and the most important collaboration opportunities we have in every day. So here’s another question: How many death-by-meetings have you run this week?
Let’s get real. If you sit in killer meetings, you’re probably running them also. Why? Because you probably work in a culture that doesn’t value well-run meetings so you get lazy. But if you’re running a meeting, you’re the one in charge of making it a great use of everyone’s time.
Running the perfect meeting is an art, but there are some key principles and here’s the first one: Toss the agenda.
But you really don’t need an agenda for all that, all you need is a shared intention. With the power of a shared intention behind you, you can make meetings the secret to your career and leadership success. Here’s a short video to make my point:
Last month, I moderated a great video discussion with Anne Loehr, leadership consultant, and Jasmine Watts, Editor of Miss Millenia Magazine about the reality of worklife blending across generations. It was a great discussion! Watch below and if you’d like to join in our next conversations about Women and Negotiation and Women in Leadership, register for the series!
Here are a few highlights from our discussion: Continue reading
Laurence J. Peter famously coined the management theory that everyone rises to their level of incompetence in his 1969 book, The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong. But rather than predicting that everyone must ultimately be promoted to a level where they will fail (the most common interpretation), Peter was really talking about the sad reality that many people who fail are promoted for the wrong reasons.
Watch this video preview of some InPower advice for how to sidestep the Peter Principle in your own career. Then register or login to the InPower Coffee Break Community to take the self-diagnostic and find out what personal development work you should be doing now to make sure your next promotion isn’t your last.
This is true for women and men alike, but women have a special challenge. Quite often women don’t feel like we fit into the predominantly male leadership culture by virtue of the behaviors, attitudes and values that are fundamental to who we are. So quite often we end up “faking it” without even knowing it. The problem is that this catches up with us one way or another. Either we alienate people we work with, we alienate ourselves – or both. Don’t be “that gal,” the one that fakes it and fails.
January 1st is coming fast! If you’re like most of us, you’re knee-deep in year-end closing reports, next year budgets, family holiday planning and… stress! Work Life (much less balance!) at the end of the year is just crazy – largely because we’re scrambling to meet so many goals we set for ourselves (and those set by others). Even though it feels nutty, this is actually a good time to take a deep breath and think strategically about how we set our goals – for meetings, days, weeks and years – to help us reduce stress and increase productivity. In this three part video series, and December webinar on the subject, we’re looking at the power of Intention-setting (a strategic goal-setting approach) to do just that! Continue reading
Most leadership books and gurus will tell you that leaders are learners and full of curiosity. Sometimes, this penchant can get you into trouble and – as many entrepreneurs learn the hard way – lead you traipsing off after some little bright shiny thing, letting your business languish. This kind of curiosity is the not good kind. But the good kind of curiosity takes you deeper, not far afield. It digs you into the root cause of the problem you need to fix – for your customers with a product, for your employees with an operational issue or for your investors for a financial issue.
How does one focus their curiosity to get to the bottom of the problem where the gold lies? Continue reading
And it IS a subtle art!