Why Meetings Are Killing Your Organization

Monty Python has done skits about them. They have been a bottomless source of material for Scott Adams’ Dilbert cartoon, and most employees dread them – the venerable office meeting.

What is it about coming together with co-workers or as a leadership team that has become a time of dread?

Frankly most meetings are a massive waste of time. Because they waste time, they kill morale and create a drain on precious resources – time and money.

We can make more money. We can never get back lost time.

As a point of encouragement, this is not the way meetings go in all organizations. In fact, healthy organizations have many meetings. Rarely do their attendees consider them a waste of time. Why?

Patrick Lencioni does a great job explaining this in his book, The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business.

So, channeling my inner Patrick Lencioni, here are 5 tips to make your meetings meaningful.

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Creating Accountability in Your Organization

Many organizations struggle with accountability.  Chris Reese shares some basic concepts from Patrick Lencioni and The Table Group that get to the true issues of creating accountability in an organization.

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Creating Accountability

Expectations

A group of us recently had a discussion about expectations. There can be many ways to look at expectation. Continue reading Expectations

Succession Planning – The Risk Isn’t Just at the Top

When most people think of succession planning, they usually think about what to do when a founder or other key executive moves on. However, all businesses have risk beyond just their senior personnel making an exit. What about

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Corporate Succession Planning – The Risk Isn’t Just at the Top

When most people think of succession planning, they usually think about what to do when a founder or other key executive moves on. However, all businesses have risk beyond just their senior personnel making an exit. What about

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Why we should think about dying more often.

The Cirrus team and I have spent quite a bit of time together these last few weeks talking about all client projects coming to a close, new client projects in the new year, and our own plans to continue to establish Cirrus as the single point of contact for consulting and out-sourcing needs of the SMB. (I know.  That was shameless.)

I decided to read back through a copy of Steve Job’s commencement address at Stanford University from 2005.  As I was reading, the third story Steve told really struck me.   Continue reading Why we should think about dying more often.

The Missing Ingredient of Dysfunctional Teams

Teamwork Cirrus Business Group Photo

Think you need to take your management team out to do some team building activities to get them working together? More than likely the problem goes much deeper than that. While it is good for teams to spend time doing non-work related activities together, it all comes back to this one thing. If your team has it, then maybe they are just out of sync and need some time together to recalibrate. If not, then you better start here.

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Cirrus-ism for the Day

Naive Enlightenment – When you have just enough experience or data to be too dangerous for your own good.  This exists in a place between ignorance and wisdom.

Top 10 Must-read Business Books

My list of 10 must-read business books in no particular order.

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
    (Skill with People by Les Giblin is a good “Cliff Notes” version.)
  2. Developing the Leader Within You – John Maxwell
  3. Leadership and Self Deception – Arbinger Institute
  4. How the Mighty Fall – Jim Collins
  5. Making Ideas Happen – Scott Belsky
  6. Switch – Chip and Dan Heath
  7. The Advantage – Patrick Lencioni
  8. The Practice of Adaptive Leadership – Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow, & Marty Linsky
  9. NUTS! – Freiberg & Freiberg
  10. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey

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What would you add to this list?