Cut the Time You Spend in Meetings

How much of your time do you spend in meetings?  Probably too much.  Many organizations can cut their meetings 75-90% without missing a beat.  Here are four key actions to reducing the number of meetings:  First, meetings should never be about sharing information because there are better ways to efficiently share information.  They should be about results such as making decisions, improvements, and changes.  Second, since you’re there to get something done, everyone should be fully present, so turn off the phones, tablets and computers.  Third, set a specific time frame.  Meetings shouldn’t go on and on.  Set an endpoint and run the meeting to achieve the agenda.  Fourth, running a productive meeting is a discipline and a skill, it can be learned.  Make sure the people who run your meetings all are trained in how to do it effectively.  For more meeting tips, send me an email requesting my article on reducing meetings.

Bob Legge works with companies to improve individual and organizational performance. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies, mid-size companies, non-profits, education and government. To find out more, contact Bob at boblegge@boblegge.com or call him at (585) 305-7853. Bob’s website is http://www.boblegge.com. 

Keep your strategy on track

When the smell of melted cheese in Starbuck’s new breakfast sandwiches began to overwhelm the aroma of fresh coffee in his stores, Howard Schultz made adjustments. When new ideas surfaced at Sentry Safes, Dick Brush would invariably ask, “Will it sell more safes?” Innovation is the lifeblood of growing businesses. It needs to be encouraged. Yet the leader also needs to ensure that the organization’s mission remains clear.

Bob Legge works with companies to improve individual and organizational performance. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies, mid-size companies, non-profits, education and government. To find out more, contact Bob at boblegge@boblegge.com or call him at (585) 305-7853. Bob’s website is http://www.boblegge.com.

Can’t do/Can do

The world is full of people who will tell you that you cannot do something. It’s a trait of bureaucracy. But can also be a trait of HR, customer service, purchasing, and other areas in your business. While there may be perfectly good reasons for saying no, it’s not helpful. How refreshing it is then, when the response is “You can’t do that, but let’s figure out how you can get the result you want.” It’s a difference in attitude, but it’s also a difference in how the person regards his or her job and their depth of knowledge.

Bob Legge works with companies to improve individual and organizational performance. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies, mid-size companies, non-profits, education and government. To find out more, contact Bob at boblegge@boblegge.com or call him at (585) 305-7853. Bob’s website is http://www.boblegge.com.