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Seven symptoms of bad meetings and what you can do about it PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel D. Levitt   
Friday, 17 October 2014 13:35

The door to the meeting room opens and it’s the person who called the meeting, running 10 minutes late because the previous meeting ended late and he had to stop by his office and pick up some notes to remind him of what this meeting was about. The folks already in the room are discussing last night’s game and wondering how long the meeting is going to last. Only one person remembers getting the notes from the last meeting. And he’s the only one that has a copy of the report that’s supposed to be discussed.

 

Does this sound or feel familiar? You’re not alone. One topic that everyone can agree on is this: Meetings are often a waste of time and money. Scary meeting statistics abound. According to Atlassian, U.S. businesses waste $37 billion a year. Some of that meeting time may have been wasted in your organization. What is strange is why this situation isn’t on the top of anyone’s list to get fixed. If we are wasting billions, why don’t corporations make the effort to fix the problem? Perhaps it boils down to a lack of accountability. But this is something that is entirely within our control. Here are some symptoms of bad meetings and what you can do to fix them.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 13:47
 
Seven success lessons learned from cancer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Scott Petinga   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 07:20

I never set out to be a survivor. My life's aspirations were pretty basic: become successful professionally, marry my soul mate, have two beautiful children and perhaps even retire early. Getting cancer certainly wasn’t on the list. But there I was, lying on the operating table the day of my surgery, shivering - not knowing how much longer I actually had to live and hoping that, when I opened my eyes, I would awaken from the nightmare. It didn’t happen. Cancer was a cold, hard reality that has certainly changed me. I look different, feel different and act different. Besides indelibly altering my outlook on life, cancer taught me hard-learned lessons on how to conduct business and realize success in a more significant and gratifying way.

 

Here are seven business lessons I learned from cancer that can help others in their own endeavors:

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 07:24
 
What would your first boss say about you TODAY? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randall Kenneth Jones   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 10:47

As the world can sometimes appear obsessed with criticizing workplace millennials, I recently sat down with my very first real-world boss, Karen Richards, and my very first real-world secretary, Julia Ann Poore, to chat about my effectiveness as a 22-year-old college graduate and novice salesperson in 1985.

 

What’s really changed insofar as integrating younger, less-experienced employees into the workplace?

 

What’s more: Who among my generation has the courage to look into the mirror of their past and face the reality of themselves as a professional neophyte?

 

My only request of Karen and Julie: Don’t hold back. As you will see, they certainly did not.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 11:03
 
Eight steps to making decisions decisively PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jen Lawrence   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 07:51

Being able to make good decisions quickly is essential to business success. If you find yourself hesitating when it comes to making a choice, here are eight steps that can help you be more decisive:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 07:53
 
Study your failures PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marvin Montgomery   
Monday, 13 October 2014 07:36

There’s a lot to be learned from mistakes made in life — or in the case of selling, in lost opportunities.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 07:40
 

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