Apply these seven principles to optimize nearly every team meeting

This is the current version of general meeting principles I recommend in priority order:1. Proper Meeting Protocols and Ground Rules established - See Meeting with Purpose document (see below)2. Ideal meeting outcome established first3. Compile attendee list, information gathering and dissemination lists prior to the meeting - i.e., invitees, those consulted beforehand and informed after.4. Agenda shared … Continue reading Apply these seven principles to optimize nearly every team meeting

How to apply complexity science to better answer “How are we/you doing?”

Most businesses, especially those that want to scale, are complex, interdependent systems. One of the best minds I have come across on complexity science is David Snowden - author of the Cynefin Framework - now a book. Here is what I have learned from him on complex adaptive systems and how to optimize them:A complex, adaptive … Continue reading How to apply complexity science to better answer “How are we/you doing?”

Four Part Decision Making Process

1. What type of decision am I making (Simple, Complicated, Complex, Chaotic)? I like the Cynefin framework.2. Is the decision reversible or irreversible? If reversible, make it quickly. If not, make it deliberately.3. Leverage a decision making framework like WRAP or others including your own if you prefer.4. Keep a decision journal to track effectiveness. Modify chosen framework appropriately.For more on how to create a … Continue reading Four Part Decision Making Process

“How do you know you have the right seats?” – Answered by Jim Collins

In 2020, I asked Jim Collins what research he had on how to determine the right seats for the right people in which to do the right things made famous from his seminal book Good to Great. In the updated version of his first book Beyond Entrepreneurship - BE 2.0 - he provides an answer in this excerpt:What makes for a … Continue reading “How do you know you have the right seats?” – Answered by Jim Collins

7 Gallup Workplace Insights: What We Learned in 2020

This brief article outlining much of and confirming the work I do is heartening. Here is the list (my favorites are in bold):1. Remote workers can have higher engagement than in-office workers -- when they receive frequent feedback from their manager.2. Employee engagement is an even stronger predictor of performance during tough economic times.3. Management has … Continue reading 7 Gallup Workplace Insights: What We Learned in 2020