We heard it this past week: "Nothing will happen to my business!" "The weather here is not that bad!" "All my company's important information is in my head!"
Our community was just incredibly fortunate. We escaped Hurricane "Sandy"! Nothing much happened here. However, just a hundred miles to our southeast, people and businesses were not so lucky. People lost their lives. Billions of dollars of business and infrastructure have been damaged and destroyed. It will take weeks, months, and in some cases years to assess all the damage and to rebuild.
The reality is that too many of our clients are not prepared to deal with a hurricane, fire, flood, or blizzard; all of which have happened right here in Central New York in the very recent past. A few businesses have failed because of those disasters. On the one hand, we don't want people to go around being scared, but without any planning or forethought, you are just rolling the dice.
Editor's Note: There are meetings, then there are "meetings". You know, the ones you just hate to attend and have an overwhelming feeling of deja vu! Here's some good ides of how to organize and lead better (and shorter) meetings!
Ah, the workplace meeting. The reassuring buzz of fluorescent lights. The frigidity of over-air conditioned conference rooms. The rumble of pre-lunch hunger pangs. As if all of these features weren’t delightful enough, you also get the inevitable mix of personality types, poor social skills and politicking that give workplace meetings their negative reputation.
According to a Salary.com survey, 47 percent of respondents noted meetings as the biggest workplace time waster . That beats out the Internet, which was listed as a time waster by only 18 percent of respondents.
The workplace meeting doesn’t have to be a time suck by default. By applying some meeting management dexterity, you can help ensure that your group sessions do what they’re supposed to do: get things done.