Peter Drucker said, “Meetings are a symptom of bad organization. The fewer the meetings the better”

Consultants Mind

Granted some of these were client interviews, but needless to say, the real work and thinking was done between meetings, or at night at the hotel. The time before and after the meeting … Continue reading → Learning Consulting Team Meeting Professionalism Project Management This is my calendar from a recent week.

“Here” start the meeting

Consultants Mind

Hands down, the best part of any day for a manager is working with a junior consultant who “gets it” In the busy crush of client work, deliverables, over-commitment, and fuss – when you are working with a team that instinctively knows what needs to get done, it’s fun, easy, and rewarding. The post “Here” start the meeting appeared first on Consultant's Mind.

Meet the Democratic Brand

Joellyn Sargent

Living with the new reality means accepting some important facts about how relationships with brands have changed: You can attempt to manage opinions about your brand, but you must recognize that you no longer have full control. This is Part 3 of a 3-part series on Liberated Brands.

MC meets MC – Management Consulted meets Marc Cosentino

Management Consulted

ambassador to Jamaica, but after going to college he moved to New York, managed 3 restaurants, worked for American Airlines in Denver and started his own mustard company before moving to Boston and working at Harvard’s career center. We had a blast getting to meet Marc, the guy who pretty much pioneered case interview prep material. The post MC meets MC – Management Consulted meets Marc Cosentino appeared first on Management Consulted.

Using The “Seeding” And “Facilitating” Approach In Management Meetings And Consulting Engagements

Steve Shu Consulting

One technique that I tend to use a lot in management meetings and consulting engagements involves the use of two slide types. The purpose of these slides is often to help the management team get aligned and make a critical decision about some set of issues.

Effective meetings

Consultants' Consultant

Consultants Consultant: The higher you get in an organisation the more time you spend in meetings. While it’s clear that for some just being in the meeting is their job (!), if you’d like to get the rest of your job done more effectively, these tools on Productive Meetings are a great place to start, and may help you […]. The post Effective meetings appeared first on Consultants' Consultant.

Conducting Effective Meetings as a Manager – 4 Tips

LSA Global

Are Your Managers Good at Conducting Effective Meetings? Conducting effective meetings is a fundamental management skill that has a direct impact on performance because people spend so much time in meetings. Conducting effective meetings matters.

Meet the missing ingredient in successful sales transformations: Science


Data and analytics, combined with a personalized approach to performance management, are helping B2B sales execs inculcate best practices and significantly improve growth.

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Managing Self Doubt

Jacq Hackett Consulting

Here are my top tips for managing your self-doubt. Phone, email, meet people for coffee – whatever it takes, get the word out there. You have to put away your self-doubt and manage your self-talk. I get it – making the move from employment to consulting is a big step. I know so many people who have agonised about the decision for a long time and still not made up their mind. And for those who have taken the leap, it’s exciting, but equally, it can be terrifying.

Plan your Meetings

Gina Abudi

If you want to be sure the most important issues are discussed and resolved at your next meeting, plan the meeting ahead of time. Too often managers hold meetings that are not planned; the right topics are not on the agenda for discussion. The post Plan your Meetings appeared first on Gina Abudi. Leadership facilitating meetings meeting management problem solvingEnsure important issues are discussed!

Ineffective Discussions at Meetings

Gina Abudi

Ideas to increase the effectiveness of discussions at your meetings Are you finding that the meetings you are leading have discussions that just seem to go nowhere? The post Ineffective Discussions at Meetings appeared first on Gina Abudi. Leadership effective discussions meeting facilitation meeting management problem solving

Netflix Brings Lean Thinking to Board Meetings

Markovitz Consulting

I doubt Netflix was thinking how Jim Womack would apply lean to their board meetings. But in a new article , the Harvard Business Review describes how the company reinvented board meetings by creating a better way to share information with its board of directors. First, board members attend monthly and quarterly senior management meetings as observers. Senior management responds to the questions prior to the meeting. Well, not really.

Meetings That Work for Both Managers and Makers

Harvard Business

When it comes to designing and leading meetings that produce results , when you meet matters just as much as how you meet. This is particularly true in organizations where employees are both, what Paul Graham calls, “makers” and “managers.”

How to Conduct Effective Leadership Team Meetings

LSA Global

Do You Know How to Conduct Effective Leadership Team Meetings? The Cost of Ineffective Leadership Team Meetings. Sadly, one recent survey found that 95% of leaders rated their process for focusing senior management’s time on the most important issues as weak or non-existent.

How to Speak Up in a Meeting, and When to Hold Back

Harvard Business

Meetings Communication Managing yourself Digital ArticleDon’t show off, and don’t ramble.

3 Things You Can Do to Hold More Effective Meetings

Billable Percentage

Here’s the quote: Meetings are expensive. Based on that comment, it’s become clear to me that too much of the time, we take a passive approach to meetings that waste everyone’s time and money. Here’s a list of 3 things you can do to hold more effective meetings.

How to Get Your To-Do List Done When You’re Always in Meetings

Harvard Business

Time management Productivity Meetings Digital ArticleCreative ways to find the time.

The role of thought leadership in key account management

The Source

Key account management is more important than ever. As a result, the quality of a firm’s account management, together with its breadth of capabilities and ability to innovate, are now three of the most important factors clients consider when deciding which firm to hire.

How to Successfully Meet the Three Biggest Marketing Challenges

The More Clients Blog

Learn how to meet those challenges and your marketing will become more successful, easier, and fun. But meeting those challenges is absolutely worth it. The post How to Successfully Meet the Three Biggest Marketing Challenges appeared first on Action Plan Marketing.

Asset Management – Industry Overview (Part 1 of 4)

Tom Spencer

Asset managers are institutions that ‘manage money’ on behalf of certain beneficiaries. Well, asset managers aim to understand client investment objectives and invest client funds in a variety of financial products and asset classes. Affiliated Managers.

Managing M&A in chemicals: Meeting the new challenges


The chemical industry is seeing a record level of M&A, higher multiples, and growing activist-investor activity. Chemical companies must strengthen their M&A and integration capabilities to ensure they create value in this environment. Our Insights

The Art of Staying Awake at Meetings….

Confessions of a Consultant

Instructions : Do you keep falling asleep in meetings? Then just tick off five buzzwords in one meeting and shout out Bingo really loud. Listen up hard at your next meeting! Management Practices“Here we go again” Every now and then a new word or phrase comes into common usage and gets plugged so much, that you begin to hate it – like an overplayed Christy Moore track that makes you wish you were deaf.

Recharge Your Time Management

The Clever Consultant

Every six months or so, I take the time to re-read time management books, review my workload and consider ways to more effective. Improving your time management is the result of successfully adopting new habits and, old habits are hard to break.

Managing Vendors

Gina Abudi

In the third and final part of this story we’ll share the outcomes of the first few vendor meetings. Three vendor/company meetings were scheduled in the evening. It was decided to have four separate meetings in order to keep the groups smaller and also [.]. The post Managing Vendors appeared first on Gina Abudi. Leadership engaging vendors problem solving resolving conflicts vendor issues vendor management vendor meetings

Polite Ways to Decline a Meeting Invitation

Harvard Business

There it is in your inbox: a meeting invite to a meeting you really don’t want to attend. Whatever the reason, sometimes you need to decline a meeting invite. Meetings. How Top Salespeople Land Hard-to-Get Meetings. Start by assessing the value of the meeting.

Meeting Employees Halfway


By keeping group sessions tightly focused and on schedule, managers can earn their employees'' respect and commitment

Meet Yangyang Another Humanoid Robot


Ham" meet "Yangyang". Mike "Mish" Shedlock [link] Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction.

When It’s Worth Having a Meeting Before Your Meeting

Harvard Business

You schedule a meeting with your team to announce the news and discuss the details. But as soon as the meeting starts, you realize this is going to be harder than you thought. The meeting ends and you feel stressed and discouraged because it seems as if you’ve lost some key members of the team before the change initiative has even started. How to Manage a Toxic Employee. Pre-meetings play an essential role in the political process of any organization.

Micro Consulting: Evolution of Management Consulting


Specifically, this trend is reshaping, more specifically adding agility, to the landscape of management consulting. Enter Micro-Consulting, which is the agile, customized version of a traditional management consulting model.

How to Get Yourself Invited to Important Meetings

Harvard Business

In a work culture with too many meetings, we often look for tactics to get out of meetings. But sometimes you need to get into a meeting, perhaps because the decisions made there will have implications for you or your team, or maybe because you feel you’ve been left out of important discussions. Whether you haven’t been invited because of an oversight or an intentional decision by the meeting organizer, you can take action to secure your seat at the table.

Hedge Fund, Meet Highway


Since the financial crisis, asset management companies -- including some private equity firms and hedge funds -- have become the backers of choice for huge, multiyear infrastructure projects.

The Most Productive Meetings Have Fewer Than 8 People

Harvard Business

There are many problems with the way most meetings are run. Deciding who to include can be tough but too many managers default to including everyone. In an effort to not make anyone feel left out, they unknowingly decrease the quality of the meeting. Robert Sutton, a professor of organizational behavior at Stanford University, looked at the research on group size and concluded that the most productive meetings contain only five to eight people. Meetings.

Transforming Media Core Technology to Meet Digital Demands


The industry is rife with talk of “cutters” (consumers who drop pay TV altogether), “thinners” (those who actively manage their cable bills to pay less), and “nevers” (consumers who see no need to sign up for pay TV in the first place). Article Tuesday, September 06, 2016. Now, it’s TV’s turn.

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How to Fix the Most Soul-Crushing Meetings

Harvard Business

Meetings are notoriously one of organizational life’s most insufferable realities. And 71% of senior managers view them as unproductive. In one global consumer products company that I work with, my firm’s organizational assessment revealed an unusually intense degree of aggravation over how much time was consumed by meetings, leaving “only evenings to do our day jobs,” according to one interviewee. Meetings.

Meet Janet Yellen "The Chair"


Mike "Mish" Shedlock [link] Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction.

Can Aerospace and Defense Companies Meet Their Great Expectations?


To meet investors' expectations for profitable growth, Aerospace & Defense companies will have to change strategy. Instead of returning capital to shareholders through stock buybacks and dividends, they will have to invest aggressively in profitable growth initiatives.

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Scheduling Meetings Effectively When You’re Self-Employed

Harvard Business

Without corporate mandates such as weekly team meetings or biweekly project check-ins, entrepreneurs have the ability to wipe out bureaucratic red tape and reach new heights of productivity. Here are four strategies self-employed professionals can use to schedule meetings more effectively. First, it’s important to understand the full cost of a meeting. Their employees are either on-site or can be conferenced in, so a 90-minute meeting takes 90 minutes. Meetings.