Intentional Meetings® Case Study

Bridging the Difference®shifts your meeting culture from painful to gainful. Intentional Meetings® Case Study

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Create Shared Accountability for Meetings

Intentionally shift what you say to begin creating the accountability you want. Consider what you say now. How might you be unintentionally eroding group accountability for what happens in meetings? As you’re off to your next meeting, do you say, “I have a meeting”? Intentionally shift what you say to, We have a meeting.” You’ll convey to […]

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5 Questions: Are Your Meetings Exasperating?

Are you creating exasperation, or preventing it? In your meetings, do you do most of the talking? Do others rarely speak up, or only when you call on them? Do you use meetings to convey decisions, yet find out later those decisions weren’t fully understood? After meetings, do people seem reluctant to implement decisions you’ve told them about? Have you […]

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5 Ways to Cultivate Ethical Well-Being

Let’s talk about ethics. Ethical leadership doesn’t coerce employees to do things they wouldn’t otherwise choose to do. Instead, it enables employees to make choices that support their own and others’ well-being. In his book Flourish, Martin Seligman gives us valuable theory about elements of well-being.  How can you apply the theory to cultivate ethical well-being in your […]

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Influence: Ask 5 Questions, then Speak Your Truth

Tired of going to meetings where it seems your truth isn’t heard? Want to better influence policies, strategies and decisions? Here’s how. Next time you receive an invitation to a meeting that matters to you, don’t just click “accept”. Instead, invest 20 minutes to answer 5 questions. Ask yourself these 5 questions. Why did the person who called this […]

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The Big Problem with Overcoming Resistance

Yesterday, a client said to me, “Overcoming people’s resistance to this change is a big problem.” I agree. And here’s why it’s a big problem. The more you push, the more you entrench resistance.  When you push for what you think is right: You don’t fully hear the ideas of those who resist. You might think you do. You may […]

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Blame the Agenda, Not the People

At your workplace meetings, do people often arrive late? Do they leave early? Or contribute in ways that hinder vs. help? Do one or two people dominate? If so, blame the agenda, not the people.  Get value from the people at the table. Design meeting agendas with reserved places for each person to take the lead on the topics they care most about. That’s how you get […]

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Don’t Waste Meeting Time: Align Individual Efforts to Purpose

Let’s say the manager of a high-profile project sends you a calendar invite to his “Weekly Team Meeting”. You’re a Director–the PM doesn’t usually invite you. But you know the project timeline is slipping. So you’re pretty sure the purpose of this meeting, and the reason to attend, is to figure out how to get the project back on schedule. […]

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Eliminate Meeting Pain: Have the Right People at the Table

When anticipating pain – frustration, fatigue or conflict – people show up for meetings already “anesthetized”, or checked-out. That’s one of the reasons many meetings produce poor results. Consider all the meetings you have scheduled this week. Do you groan out loud when you think about how much, or how little, will be accomplished? If so, a key remedy is to […]

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Eliminate Meeting Pain: Get Clear About the Purpose

If people show up for your meetings unprepared, confused about what a meeting is about, or engaged in “planned distractions” such as texting, email and preparing reports, chances are you’ve been vague about the meeting purpose. Pain starts when there’s lack of shared understanding about the meeting purpose, Here’s an analogy: each person in this photo has their own purpose […]

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