Fresh Look – Meetings

What more could possibly be said on the subject of meetings? While no one likes them, organizations invest roughly 15% of their personnel budget on meetings.[1] Despite the magnitude of this sum, one-third of time in meetings is unproductive and…

Fresh Look – How bad are your meetings and what are you doing about it?

You probably love meetings at the office, right? If you don’t, read on because I’d like to help you pinpoint meeting behaviors that are problematic. Below are two questionnaires that deal with actions that make meetings miserable and those that…

Fresh Look – Off-sites

During my consulting practice, I facilitated at least thirty different off-sites. Typically, I would contract with the unit manager/director and make it clear that my client was the group. This gave me the independence to structure the meeting so everyone’s…

Good people are good people no matter what the conflict

Most people believe that pro-social individuals side with their own group in inter-group conflict like that between departments or projects. A new study shows that this is not the case.[1] Cooperative people work in harmony both within and across groups….

Are you predisposed to awe?

In an earlier post, I reported research that shows that people predisposed to awe are prone to ethical decision-making, generosity, and prosocial values. This is because awe expands people’s notion of available time, which in turn increases their well-being and…

How did the meeting go?

This is a question that is asked repeatedly of those who have attempted to persuade people to their point of view. When the answer is, “not very well,” all is not lost. There is a phenomenon known as “sleeper effect”…

Handling tough questions

The toughness of a question depends on the content of the question and the trust you have in the audience. If these combine to make you reluctant to answer the question forthrightly, the question is a tough one. According to…

Questions that can surface team conflicts in advance

Every team experiences conflict. Some conflict stimulates creative thinking and some interferes with team performance. In general, teams with members who know other members’ differences can anticipate conflicts and work around and through them. So, what are the questions that…

Handling tough questions

The toughness of a question depends on the content of the question and the trust you have in the audience. If these combine to make you reluctant to answer the question forthrightly, the question is a tough one. According to…

Leveling the gender ball field at meetings

Women are seriously disadvantaged at business meetings. At all but the lowest levels, their numbers are smaller, and there face a serious backlash if they behave in an assertive manner.[1] If you are responsible for a business meeting, how can…