Organizational Developmental Consultant

Free Webinar: Practical Tips for Leading Productive Meetings

April 10, 2017

For those of you who are interested, I will be hosting a free webinar this Wednesday on Practical Tips for Leading Productive Meetings. It will be held at 11:30 Central Time in the US, and will be available for replay for those who sign up but cannot attend live. The webinar is hosted in partnership with Ascendis Learning Connection.

Below is the link with more information.

https://cc.readytalk.com/r/x7eun83hmbsi&eom

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Creating Agendas for Meetings that Matter

November 6, 2013

Many experts would argue that the meeting agenda, if properly prepared, is the most important and powerful component of any meeting. It is, at the very least, your road map to success. The agenda is a fundamental and essential element of every meeting, serving as your preparation tool and script notes.
Once you have answered the premeeting planning questions (listed in my last blog), you can effectively build your agenda.

This process includes:
• Finalizing the order and flow of the agenda
• Reviewing the selected techniques, processes, and time frames for each agenda item
• Identifying alternative techniques in Continue reading

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Planning is critical to successful meetings: use this checklist to help you prepare

October 29, 2013

What you do before your meetings is every bit as important as what you do in them. In fact, without effective pre-meeting planning and organization, the quality of your meetings will certainly suffer, and some will very likely fail.

Most facilitators plan to some degree. Many consider their meetings planned if they create an agenda, send it out, book a room, and order the coffee. But proficient pre-meeting planning needs to go beyond these basics. The level of planning a facilitator attains before the meeting separates the true professional from the rank amateur. And meeting results speak for themselves.

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Why effective meetings are so important

October 7, 2013

Meetings are commonplace in every organization, but most of them are underutilized at best. In most organizations, employees perceive meetings as the primary time waster. However, when used correctly, meetings are a powerful mechanism for expressing ideas, gathering information, making decisions, and communicating changes.

Meetings are a place where people experience and observe an organization’s culture, and organizations use meetings to define and perpetuate their cultures. Is time valued or wasted? Are people’s ideas encouraged and used or dismissed? Are problems addressed proactively or ignored? Are participants expected to guard their turf or work together toward the good of all? Continue reading

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Practical techniques for meeting facilitation

October 7, 2013

Over my decades as an organizational development consultant, I have learned to appreciate the importance of meeting effectiveness. Meetings are mission critical to almost every aspect of organizational life. Without effective meetings, an organization’s chances of success are greatly diminished. But despite the importance of meetings, most of them are irrelevant. This is unfortunate and completely avoidable.

I’ve learned so much from all my mentors, clients and colleagues over the years. I’m so grateful for all they’ve taught me. This blog and my upcoming book are my opportunity to share what I’ve learned and are my small contribution to growing Continue reading

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