Want to Have a Great Meeting? Prepare Like This

What if you could wave a magic wand and make all your meetings wonderfully effective? Well, there’s more under your influence than you might think. With a little strategic thinking and some thoughtful maneuvering, you can make a big difference. Even if you are not the team or meeting leader. And better meetings can make your day more productive, more enjoyable, and more satisfying. It will help everyone else too. Let me explain. The problem with meetings There can be many problems in any single meeting, and they can feed off of each other. The purpose of the meeting may … Read more

5 Secrets to Countering Negativity in the Workplace

It can be a challenge to manage your stress level when the workplace seems to be able to bring out many different kinds of negative emotions these days. Anger. Envy. Fear. Guilt. Helplessness. Our day-to-day can contain lots of strife. And that can add tons of stress on you if you don’t have some ways to counter the negativity. Even if you start your day all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, negative people, negative comments, bleak outlooks, and pessimistic attitudes can bring you down. This can be even more difficult to confront when you’re feeling down yourself. Misery loves company, after all. … Read more

This is Why Reading As a Team Leads to Better Business Results

This is Why Reading As a Team Leads to Better Business Results

Deep thinking is a super power in today’s frenetic business environment. But it’s not always easy to achieve, especially if you are leading a team. Even if your team is full of smart people, they are probably scattered across too many responsibilities and chasing too many goals. Still, the best way to move your particular initiative forward might be to slow down and get some of that deeper thinking going. The problem is that today’s work culture often goes the other way. People scurry from one meeting to the next, scramble to and from work in a tedious morass of … Read more

Are You Feeling Overqualified and Unsatisfied? Here’s What To Do Next

overqualified and unsatisfied with job

Stretch. Struggle. Boring. Such is the natural progression of your job. You stretch to land the job, struggle to keep up, and finally get so good at it that you become bored. As a result, you might be feeling overqualified and unsatisfied. It may not be a great consolation to see this as the natural progression of things, but this may be an important insight to consider as you plan what to do next. What to do next can be a tricky question. Because the obvious thing to do is to go out and get another job. But that can … Read more

Overcoming the Self Discipline Struggle to Reach More Goals

overcome the self discipline struggle to reach more goals

If there ever was a real super power, it’s got to be self discipline. Imagine if you could will yourself to follow a nutrition plan flawlessly. And to complete a daily workout routine without fail. Maybe you would apply self discipline to your finances and investing wisely over the long term to build enormous wealth. You might even decide to earn more college degrees or learn a new trade or skill. With self discipline you can do anything. It’s one of the biggest super powers actually within human reach. I buy into all of that. I find the vision of … Read more

Dealing with People That Carry a Bad Energy

dealing with people that carry a bad energy

We all respond to the energy of the people around us. That’s what gives so much power to the thought that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. But what if you have no choice about who is around you? Like at work. It might be a colleague or client that has bad energy. It could be someone in a prominent position in your organization. Maybe even your boss. Ugh. That’s why you will need a strategy for dealing with people that carry a bad energy. Because that bad energy can ruin your … Read more

How to Avoid Meetings That Waste Your Time

how to avoid meetings that waste your time

A meeting is an event where minutes are taken and hours wasted. — Captain James T. Kirk One of the best ways to find more time in your day is to skip meetings that aren’t effective. Can you skip them all? Probably not. But you can selectively avoid some of the worst meetings on your calendar and reclaim valuable time. I’m going to show you how. Why most meetings waste a lot of time While meetings can be productive, too often they are not. They start late, run long, and fill up the allotted time with more hot air than … Read more

Effective Listening is More Important Than Talking | 6 Secrets You Need to Know

Effective Listening is More Important Than Talking

Effective listening is more important than talking if you want to be truly influential when you communicate. If you want your talking to be more powerful, the absolute best place to start is with listening. Effective listening. Think for a moment about what happens when you don’t listen well. When your listening is not effective, you are hearing things but you are also missing important signals. And that makes your talking less effective. You may have experienced when something you thought would resonate doesn’t. Or when it outright backfires. When your listening is not effective, you end up missing important … Read more

The Secret to Maintaining That Thin Line Between Manager and Workforce.

The Secret to Maintaining That Thin Line Between Manager and Workforce combined

Imagine being promoted to a leadership role. Maybe you are going to be a manager for the first time. Or that you are now going to lead a project. Perhaps you are being promoted to team leader. Maybe you are going to be a department head. Chances are that you know the people you will be leading. Some of them may be friends. They are your colleagues. You are their peer. But now you need to be their leader. Making that adjustment can be tricky. Even if you are being promoted into the role at a new organization. As a … Read more