Taking People With You

Come From Away was one of the Broadway shows David and I chose on our recent visit to New York. An unlikely and poignant musical based on the 39 planes which were diverted to a small Newfoundland town for a week during the 9/11 disaster. The story centred on the interactions with a town of 7000 people accepting an equal number of bewildered stranded travellers desperate to be with their work colleagues or families. The awkwardness, delights, and setbacks which...

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When Meetings Go Awry

How often are you in meetings where: The conversation goes into irrelevant details Someone is holding forth and it is unclear what is important Someone is holding forth and they are definitely off topic What is happening? Essentially there is a leadership gap. What does this mean? The leader has lost their way, or group members are anxious of the consequences if they were to redirect the meeting or the meeting chair senses whoever is talking is more ‘senior’ than they are;...

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Save 100s Of Hours – The Secret To Great Meetings

Have you ever rolled your eyes and silently steamed as individuals dominate, drone on endlessly, and talk over one another? Have you left meetings wondering what on earth was that about? How often have you known both you and others have more to contribute yet don’t get the chance?  What enables people to make their best contribution succinctly in meetings?  Astonishingly, many people don’t know how to contribute in meetings. Leaders leading meetings blur the power structures unless they use a process for participation...

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Valuable questions to create engagement

How often have you reviewed a project with your team and asked What worked, What didn’t and What lessons have we learned? With these questions, I noticed people’s responses don’t get to the nitty gritty of what happened. I also noticed people go through the motions, are usually pleased to be together and discussing their work, but rarely have we discovered significant lessons. We might make minor adjustments to how we work yet I notice the same mistakes are often...

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Transformative Top Teams

What makes a top team? What makes some teams super successful while others work hard yet don’t produce the results they want? What creates a disheartening team culture? The top teams I work with invariably align three key elements; vision, results and right relationships. See diagram. By right relationships I mean teams which ensure both their internal connections and their stakeholder relationships are fit for purpose. Many teams have two of these three elements – the secret to success is in...

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The power of purpose in leadership teams

I love working with leadership teams on their development. A consultant like me is called in for a range of reasons, including:   New leader(s) joins an established team There has been a restructure and team members don’t know one another There is a major shift in direction, expectations or context The team is floundering as a result of an incident Poor interpersonal relationships Culture survey results indicate the team is not engaged with their staff Wanting to shift the...

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Relevant, satisfying compelling leadership meetings – fit for purpose

Are you are frustrated at times in your leadership team meetings? “How are we going?” is a worthwhile question for leaders to ask their team every few months. Reviewing progress helps to keep your team purpose and ways of doing things relevant in the face of change. Consider group membership, direction and emphasis, and the relevance of your agenda. Here are six areas to assess your team ensure your meetings are fit for purpose. Your responses to them will keep...

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Two keys to concluding effective meetings

Summarise what has been agreed and what’s next, or ask someone in the group to make a summary, and others can add Thank everyone for participating. If you want to improve your leadership and influence in groups, including leading effective meetings, enroll in The Executive Presence programme. Click the link for programme outlines and dates. © Diana Jones

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Six keys to leading effective meetings

Many of us lead meetings and yet I often hear leaders say meetings are a waste of time, they are boring, or it is unclear what is being achieved by getting together. To be honest, I have run boring meetings too and I have been in meetings which are a waste of time. I have also been in meetings which were purposeful, even when there was no agenda, and where I experienced both my and others’ participation was worthwhile. One...

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