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Archive: October 4, 2009 - October 10, 2009

Poll: Do Awards Help Leaders?

Poll: Do Awards and Prizes Help Leaders Accomplish Their Goals?

By Andrea Useem | October 9, 2009; 7:20 AM ET | Comments (9)

The Generous Listener

The person I most value in a meetings is the generous listener, the person who identifies when the people are talking past each other and corrects the situation by asking a powerful question.

By Gail S. Williams | October 8, 2009; 4:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

'Let's Meet as Little as We Can!'

As the world's greatest business consultant, Shakespeare got it about right: "Let's meet as little as we can!"

By Ken Adelman | October 8, 2009; 6:14 AM ET | Comments (10)

The Joy of Meetings

When you are really passionate about what you do, you have to work hard to sort out the wheat from the chaff when it comes to meetings.

By Marie Wilson | October 7, 2009; 6:03 AM ET | Comments (12)

No Telepresence Substitute

No matter how electronically well connected an organization is, nor how good "telepresence" technology becomes, there will always be a need for leaders to meet with their organizations in person.

By Paul R. Portney | October 7, 2009; 5:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Bad Rap

I know of leaders who rely too heavily on e-mail and phone calls, and they do so at the risk of becoming aloof and disconnected from their employees.

By Yash Gupta | October 6, 2009; 3:32 PM ET | Comments (2)

The $2,000 Meeting

It's eye-opening if 10 people meet for two hours with an average bill rate of $100 per hour. At the end of the meeting the question should be asked, "Was that meeting worth $2,000?

By Robert Goodwin | October 6, 2009; 3:17 PM ET | Comments (4)

The Golden Rule of Meetings

I've seen too many corporate leaders sacrifice their own strategic vision - and ultimately, their own performance - because they've let themselves become hostage to Conference Room B.

By Daisy Wademan Dowling | October 6, 2009; 3:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

In Praise of Meetings

Bad decisions -- from Vietnam to the subprime mess -- resulted, in important part, from not having the right viewpoints about "reality" represented forcefully in front of leaders by contending teams.

By Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr. | October 6, 2009; 2:39 PM ET | Comments (1)

A Self-Inflicted Wound

Poorly run meetings sap energy and destroy efficiency. No leader deserving of the title should let that happen to his or her team.

By Ed Ruggero | October 6, 2009; 2:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Asking the Right Questions

As Peter Drucker once said, "Effective executives... start by finding where their time actually goes."

By Barry Salzberg | October 6, 2009; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

Pivotal for Success?

Before I personally agree to attend any meeting, I run it through my template of five questions.

By Warren Bennis | October 6, 2009; 6:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Meet Standing Up

Hold routine meetings standing up. This makes clear that the meeting is meant to be short and perfunctory, and there is a pressure to avoid long discussions or pontification.

By Bob Schoultz | October 6, 2009; 6:47 AM ET | Comments (4)

Pocketing the Blackberry

If a meeting is merited, it should demand the complete attention of all present.

By Howard Gardner | October 6, 2009; 6:44 AM ET | Comments (3)

Meeting Survival Guide

Don't be ashamed of multitasking and other advice for surviving meeting overload.

By Raju Narisetti | October 6, 2009; 6:40 AM ET | Comments (2)

The Serendipity of Showing Up

You cannot lead people without interacting with them. Whether you call that interaction "a meeting" is irrelevant. What should not be irrelevant is the substance.

By Prudence Bushnell | October 6, 2009; 6:36 AM ET | Comments (1)

Acting the Part

Like great Broadway actors, great leaders stay in role. This discipline is not part of being a phony, it is part of being a professional.

By Marshall Goldsmith | October 6, 2009; 6:25 AM ET | Comments (1)

Endless Cylce of Activity

Leaders who fail to make a "meeting plan" can find themselves trapped in an endless cycle of activity without much movement towards long-term organizational goals.

By Andy Stern | October 6, 2009; 6:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

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