May 2008 Newsletter

Are meetings clogging your workweek?

This month’s tip stops wasting time:

It’s 10 a.m. Wednesday morning and you are sitting in your weekly staff meeting thinking about the 20 things you could be doing instead. Are meetings making you more productive or slowing you down?

A general weekly meeting is just the kind of get-together to avoid. There are three types to watch out for:

The Social Hour: When everyone sits down at this event, there isn’t a set plan or a direction to take. It is blocked off as a time to talk, but nothing ever gets accomplished. As you head out the door empty-handed, you wonder, “Why did we meet?”

The “It’s Friday so we meet” meeting: Sure this meeting probably started out as an event with purpose, but now it is just a time slot marked off on your calendar. This meeting has simply become a habit. Having a business meeting because you always do just wastes time.

The copycat gathering: Your team feels obligated to keep up with the Joneses down the hall. Just because one department meets twice a week doesn’t mean that is what works best for your group. Are you getting together because you feel it makes you look more productive?

Meetings need structure to serve their purpose. Here’s a quick checklist of what leads to a beneficial gathering:

1. Keep the discussion focused on the topic at hand.

2. Pare down the attendance list to only those needed.

3. Create an agenda and distribute it before getting together.

4. Consider a time limit and try to keep interruptions at a minimum.

Successful meetings can lead to a more productive staff and are an important skill for managers to master.

This month’s tip was adapted from Odette Pollar’s philosophy as printed in Bell Business Advisors’ publication, Business Alert.

Are you already in your fifth meeting of the week? In real-time, we are ready to discuss your immediate concerns or issues to help you create a path of success for your personal and professional life.


Squash the Myth:

Myth: Decisions, decisions. The middle of the road is the place to be.

We make hundreds of decisions every week. There’s the simple stuff: What should I eat for breakfast? Should I wear pants or a skirt? Then there’s the head-stratchers that we really ponder over: Who should I hire? What should our new company logo be?

The tough ones are the decisions that you should really stick by. Continuing to go back and forth just hurts the process. If you went with “Yes,” then go with it. If you opted for “No,” then stand by that decision. Often it’s not what you choose, but that a decision was made at all. Any decision can work, as long as you have faith in it.

Don’t second-guess yourself and give your creations the support they deserve.

“If you sit in the middle of the road, you will get hit by traffic moving in both directions.”

This month’s Squash the Myth was adapted from Alan Cohen’s “Why Your Life Sucks … And What You Can Do About It.”

On May 21, we invite you to experience coaching with us and attend a group coaching workshop. You deserve a day-long retreat. Let us help you redirect your energies, personally and professionally,


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– Zig Ziglar

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