Tag: communication

Did You Leave Your Money on the Table?

Did You Leave Your Money on the Table?

Will you get concerned if someone is stealing from your office safe on a daily basis? Of course. But not before you notice the shortage. However, if the money drain has been there for a while, you are likely to continue ignoring it. As time is money, meetings are one of those drains. Research shows […]

You Don’t have to be Steve Jobs to Run Meaningful Meetings

You Don’t have to be Steve Jobs to Run Meaningful Meetings

Last week, I attended a meeting at an organization that I will not name here, although they will hardly ever read this because everybody in the organization is “crazy busy.” No wonder: about 20 people attended the meeting, half of them dissolved soon because they were “triple-booked,” and no decision or minutes followed, of course. […]

Five Points That Will Make Your Team Efficient, Fast

Five Points That Will Make Your Team Efficient, Fast

1. Make the Purpose of your company clear. Your Mission, your Vision, your Purpose – you may call it whatever you like, but your company needs one, and it must be meaningful. Make it clear to yourself first, then share with your team. If you find this “touchy-feely stuff” below your leadership greatness – do not bother […]

Meetings Made Meaningful

Meetings Made Meaningful

EVERYONE complains about the unmanageable amount of time spent on meetings, and the cost to the company. Some “disruptive” managers attempt to ban ALL meetings, but that does not work in our knowledge economy. To make your meetings meaningful and effective, we developed a Meeting Management Monitor that will help you achieve up to 50% […]

If Zuck Were Project Manager, He’d Learn More ‘Tricks’

If Zuck Were Project Manager, He’d Learn More ‘Tricks’

Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook COO) once praised her boss for “trying to make meetings as productive as possible.” According to her, Mark Zuckerberg “asks people to send materials in advance so we can use the time for discussion” and “we try to be clear about our goal when we sit down for a meeting–are we in […]

What did I do to James?

What did I do to James? What did I do to James?

I have not yet met a single manager who would not complain about ‘boring’, ‘endless’ and ‘useless’ meetings they have to host or attend on a daily basis. And yet most of them are literally just a few words away from making their meeting a really effective communication and teambuilding tool. I once worked with […]

Canoeing with Mintzberg

Canoeing with Mintzberg Canoeing with Mintzberg

The CoachingOurselves Reflections 2017 – Rebalancing Society conference was an outstanding 3-day event filled with ideas, presentations and passion shared with us by the brightest minds: Henry Mintzberg, Philip Kotler, Dan Ponterfract, Ed Schein, Jonathan Gosling, Mitch Joel and many other prominent thinkers, businesspeople and coaches. This true feast of sustainable leadership was concluded with a savory dessert – The Great Canadian Canoe Trip, […]

How can I improve my skills in listening and how can I practice my speaking?

How can I improve my skills in listening and how can I practice my speaking?

Practice makes perfect. Practice speaking and listening – and use technology to analyze your skills and measure the progress. Sounds sophisticated? Not at all. All you need is a simple speech recorder or just your smartphone. Make it a habit to record all substantial conversations that you have during the day, then allocate ample time […]

What’s More Important to You?

What’s More Important to You? gender bias

Grammatically correct – or politically correct? I always thought that expressing oneself clearly and concisely is the No.1 priority in a professional environment. I was wrong. Today, everybody is obsessed with gender equality. These confusing “he or she,” “he/she,” or the incredible “s/he” and singular “they” are now inserted everywhere. Like in this great example of […]

Negotiate Out of Anything

Negotiate Out of Anything Negotiation Skills Help With Police

Ever realized that negotiations play a major role in your life? What to eat for breakfast, where to go for vacation and how to get a discount, as well as your starting salary, your promotion, and eventually your severance package – those are but a minor sample of the items that you have to negotiate […]