Tag: communication

Lean Email with 5S

Lean Email with 5S Lean Email 5S

How many unread emails are in your mailbox now? Dozens? Hundreds? A year ago, one executive complained to me that he had over 3000 emails in his inbox, most of them unread. Six months later, he updated the figure to 5000, i.e. his unread backlog is growing slowly but surely, and so does his frustration. […]

What Steve Jobs Knew Before the Great Resignation

What Steve Jobs Knew Before the Great Resignation

Steve Jobs may have been a controversial leader – but a smart one. And there was something that he understood particularly well and used as a foundation for his management approach.

Working From Home During COVID Lockdown

Working From Home During COVID Lockdown

Working from home may be hard at first, especially if #WFH is not your thing. Individual circumstances make it difficult to follow the mass-media advice. Would it not be better to just do your job conscientiously? Do your best. It is not that complicated: use common sense and stay human.
If you continue doing your best during this involuntary shutdown, you’ll get a head start over the competitors after this emergency is over – soon.

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?

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, […]