MEETING REQUEST: LET ME WASTE ONE MORE HOUR OF YOUR DAY

MEETING REQUEST: LET ME WASTE ONE MORE HOUR OF YOUR DAY

Meetings are the death of work productivity.  According to various sources there are 25 million meetings per day in the United States.  That amounts to $37 billion in annual productivity lost as a result of meetings.  Just yesterday I heard another example of a senior team in a large publicly traded company holding a three-hour meeting to plan for a full day meeting.  The tyranny must end.  

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A Corporate Retreat Like No Other

A Corporate Retreat Like No Other

More companies need to take the time to get leadership teams out of the office.  A corporate retreat is an excellent opportunity for a team to bond and to learn together.  Groove Management's sister company LeaderSurf recently launched customized corporate retreats leveraging the success of the LeaderSurf leadership development program.

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2020 VISION: THE IMPORTANCE OF LONG-RANGE PLANNING

2020 VISION: THE IMPORTANCE OF LONG-RANGE PLANNING

Growing an organization in these turbulent times is challenging.   Having a long-range plan is an important tool for achieving growth over the long term.  The short-term focus that has captivated so many companies creates opportunities for those that are patient and willing to invest in the future.  The best way to invest in the future is to get your organization talking about it today.  No better time than the current to begin working on your 2020 Vision.

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GAME ON! HOW TO CREATE A WINNING CORPORATE CULTURE VIA PING PONG

GAME ON!  HOW TO CREATE A WINNING CORPORATE CULTURE VIA PING PONG

I have worked for three companies in my career that had Ping-Pong (Table Tennis) tables in the offices.  The Motley Fool,Time Warner Cable’s Road Runner operation and Doosan Infracore International.  The existence of a Ping-Pong table in each of those environments was very telling about the type of culture that each company wanted to foster.

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GIVE THE GIFT OF FEEDBACK

GIVE THE GIFT OF FEEDBACK

When working with senior leaders one of the biggest hurdles is to get them to see constructive feedback in a positive light. Too often leaders think feedback is an attack on them.   Referring to feedback as a gift opens their eyes to the positives.

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DIVERSITY AND PERCEPTIONS AS EXPOSED BY THE DRESS THAT WENT VIRAL

DIVERSITY AND PERCEPTIONS AS EXPOSED BY THE DRESS THAT WENT VIRAL

Earlier this year the image below was posted on Tumblr with the tag, “Is the dress white and gold or black and blue?”  That single post led to marital discontent, celebrity arguments, news channel mayhem and millions of views and shares on social media.  While the rough statistics showed that about 78% of people saw the dress as white and gold, the 22% who saw it as black and blue were actually correct.  The real dress is in fact black and blue.

here is a lesson here.  While we think we are all quite similar, we truly see the world through different lenses. 

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YEAR END PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS ARE SO OLD SCHOOL

YEAR END PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS ARE SO OLD SCHOOL

As your organization scrambles to complete year-end performance reviews, ask the question “Why are we doing this at the busiest time of the year and who benefits from this approach?”  What you may find is that your process is not serving your organization and your employees very well. It might be time to rethink your approach to performance management. 

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TOPGRADING LESSONS FROM CAR BUYING

TOPGRADING LESSONS FROM CAR BUYING

One of the most difficult tasks of a leader is to maintain a team of A players.  Steve Jobs once famously said “A players hire A players and B players hire C players.”  Research has shown that A players outperform B players 2x on essential tasks and 10x on creative tasks.  So why do so many leaders live with mediocre talent on their teams?  

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HIRING FREEZE: TWO WORDS THAT CAN CAUSE IRREPARABLE DAMAGE TO AN ORGANIZATION

HIRING FREEZE: TWO WORDS THAT CAN CAUSE IRREPARABLE DAMAGE TO AN ORGANIZATION

As a former leader that I worked with always said using the military term, you want “Fewer soldiers, better fed”.  A headcount freeze is an opportunity to increase hiring not freeze it.  The problem is that too many organizations mix up the intent versus the impact.  It is important to be very clear on the goal.  If the goal is to freeze employee expenses (salaries and benefits) at their current level, then a headcount freeze can achieve the same result as a hiring freeze, but in a much more effective manner. 

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