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When conducted effectively, meetings can inspire and ignite motivation, lead to higher performing teams and a stronger bottom line. However, more than $37 billion is wasted each year in unproductive meetings--and that's in the United States, alone. Admins need to minimize the wasted time in meetings and maximize the productive time. Once you're aware of my Seven Deadly Sins of Meetings, you'll be able to better plan, organize, participate in and facilitate great meetings.
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I've been surprised to discover how the world of work and learning has so much in common. Organizational structure, measuring success, deadlines and the difference between hearing and learning have all come in to play. As my first cohort of students graduate here is snapshot of what I have learned so far:
Face time still matters, people! (Even in a world that has FaceTime).
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Everybody hates useless work meetings. We often endure them by doodling, penning grocery lists or daydreaming while gazing out the window as someone at the front of the room drones on and on. But cha...
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Standing meetings are popular for teams that have status updates. The logic behind a standing meeting is that the longer you stand, the more uncomfortable it gets. In a study, published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, Andrew Knight and Markus Baer discovered that standing teams are more excited, fired up and less protective of their ideas compared to those who sit.
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Real work has to get done, and what are the costs if you don't spend time listening and communicating with your team? Well, the answer is that the costs are surprisingly high: rising levels of employee burnout, for starters. Burnout, our DMS indexing finds, is reflected in high engagement scores, which are accompanied by low value and low trust scores.
Giving up the reigns puts someone else in the driver's seat, which is a guaranteed recipe for calamity. Trust me, every pitch you'll make will be challenged... but the longer your maintain control, the more powerful a base (and shield) you build. What's more, you may inadvertently address, even eliminate, someone's genuine concern as your presentation rolls on to its finish.
Many people find their career options are limited because they are shy. It's a myth that shy people can't have successful personal brands. It is true that if you never speak up in meetings, never talk to colleagues, and simply do the work assigned to you, you will not be at the top of the list for the next promotion. But shy people just need a strategy that is aligned to their personality, values and comfort zone. Here are some tips.