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Change readiness in a constantly dynamic world

In Change Management, Inspire, Leadership, Learning, Personal Branding, Philosophy, Positive Thinking on June 22, 2014 at 10:50 pm

When I was younger I believed that people don’t change. As an adult, I realize this is incorrect. People do change; we learn, we evolve, we grow.

In fact, change is the only constant. We’ve all heard it before. This is true. Look around you. Change is everywhere.

And change is good. If we don’t change, we’re stagnant. Change pushes our boundaries. Takes us out of our comfort zone. And inspires us.

The person you are today is not the person you were yesterday. I certainly am not. I needed to change to adapt to the constant shifts around me. We all do.

So instead of fighting change; it’s about embracing change.

The art of embracing change is therefore to be change ready.

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Color code your meetings for a more effective collaboration

In Communication, Creative, Inspire, Leadership on June 10, 2014 at 10:44 am

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Have you ever been in a meeting and wondered where it was going and how come the topic got so sidetracked, it’s driven agenda to walk out the door and effectiveness to jump out the window?

Or perhaps it’s just that you’ve been in too many meetings lately? And you’re starting to doubt the effectiveness of having such meetings?

According to Harvard Business Review’s May 2014 article, ‘Your Scarcest Resource’, “… Fifteen percent of an organization’s collective time is spent in meetings – a percentage that has increased every year since 2008″.

The article goes on to mention that “In a recent Bain survey, senior executives rated more than half the meetings they attended as ‘ineffective’ or ‘very ineffective’…. most companies have an opportunity to liberate at least 20 percent of their collective hours by bringing greater discipline to time management.”

Most of us know the feeling. And after a while, it all starts sounding so cliché. Oh here goes, another meeting. What’s worse is, sometimes after the meetings, paperwork needs to be done. Where do you even find the time? Never mind the regular job you were hired to do. Sometimes it takes longer reporting on the job you do than the actual doing of the job.

But in an era where businesses are pushing for collaboration and communication, meetings are essential. As even the wise Winnie the Pooh said, “You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” Those wise words alone have many layers of wisdom. But let’s focus on effective collaboration for today.

So in the quest to break down silos and foster a collaborative culture, it is inevitable that we have our meetings. Formal or informal. But how to make them more effective?

Have you ever thought about color coding your meetings?

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