How to Maximize Meetings

Strategy+Business

Readers share their pain -- and their ideas for better meetings

Meeting the Fintech Challenge

Strategy+Business

In such fields as online lending, money transfer, and credit ratings, fintech companies are breaking the dominance of financial services' largest players in novel ways. To maintain their competitive edge, incumbents can reorient their firm as the dynamic center of a fintech ecosystem

Hedge Fund, Meet Highway

Strategy+Business

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 Perfect Meeting Agenda: How Consultants Make Meetings Productive

Consulting Business

Do you ever get nervous before going into a meeting? Do you ever walk out of a meeting wondering if it ‘went well’ and if your client is happy? If you want to make your client meetings productive, create an agenda. To make the most of these meetings you […].

CEO, Meet Your Customers

Joey Sargent

Your time is consumed with things like financing, board meetings, product decisions, operational considerations, legal issues…the list is endless. Make the time to go out and meet your customers on their own turf. How to Meet Your Customers.

Meet the Democratic Brand

Joey Sargent

Many customer surveys fail because they: Ask the wrong question s – “Did you have a pleasant experience” is much different from “Did we meet your needs.”. The post Meet the Democratic Brand appeared first on Joey Sargent. This is Part 3 of a 3-part series on Liberated Brands.

Meet your new MOM (Marketing Operating Model)

McKinsey

To drive revenue growth in the digital age, new data shows that marketing leaders are upgrading data-collection technology, collaborating closely with IT, and focusing on test-and-learn agility. Our Insights

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How to Craft Meetings People Love (Really)

Strategy+Business

These gatherings can feel like a prison sentence, unproductively ticking away time. But when infused with some essentials, they can be fruitful -- and even enjoyable

Just Because You’re in Charge Doesn’t Mean You Should Run Every Meeting

Harvard Business

Well-run meetings allow you and your team to clarify issues, set direction, and move objectives forward. And yet there never seems to be enough time to properly plan and execute meetings. Perhaps it’s time to rethink whether you should even be leading your own meetings. When working with managers and executives, I’m often surprised at how many assume the leadership of the meeting falls to the highest-ranking person in the room.

Consulting Questions: How to Start a Client Meeting

Consulting Business

How do you start your meeting with a prospective client? Consulting Questions: How to Start a Client Meeting is a post from: Consulting Success. Consulting Articles Consulting Clients Client Meetings Consulting Meetings

Meeting Employees Halfway

Strategy+Business

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

How to Respond When You’re Left Out of Important Meetings

Harvard Business

You find out about an important meeting — one whose outcome affects you and your team — after it happens. When you’re overlooked for a meeting it feels bad personally and professionally. Turn the omission into an opportunity to evaluate what you have to offer the group, determine whether the meeting aligns with you and your team’s best interests, and conduct a productive conversation. Meetings Difficult conversations Managing yourself Digital Article

The Right Way to Start a Meeting

Harvard Business

But do you ever think about the first impression your meetings make? Frequently restarting meetings for stragglers sends the message that participants have more control than you do. Monologues validate everyone’s fears that your meeting is going to be about as valuable (and as scintillating) as watching an hour of C-SPAN. If you want to have a more productive meeting, focus on a strong opening. Meetings. How Top Salespeople Land Hard-to-Get Meetings.

Can Aerospace and Defense Companies Meet Their Great Expectations?

Strategy+Business

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.

Agile 21

Where Insight Meets Engagement

1 to 1

Data has always proven problematic for many companies, as most recognize its importance, but few know how to bring this information to action. However, in recent years, technology has matured, allowing more organizations to gather, parse, analyze, and employ data with ease and efficiency.

How to Have a Good Debate in a Meeting

Harvard Business

The modern workplace is awash in meetings, many of which are terrible. As a result, people mostly hate going to meetings. The problem is this: The whole point of meetings is to have discussions that you can’t have any other way. And yet most meetings are devoid of real debate. To improve the meetings you run, and save the meetings you’re invited to, focus on making the discussion more robust. So how do you lead a good fight in meetings?

The crisp meeting

Seth Godin Blog

A $30,000 software package is actually $3,000 worth of software plus $27,000 worth of meetings. And most clients are bad at meetings. The biggest difference between great work and pretty-good work are the meetings that accompanied it. The crisp meeting is one of a series.

How to Talk in Meetings When You Hate Talking in Meetings

Harvard Business

Nobody loves meetings. How can these folks make sure their ideas are well-represented in team meetings? How can they avoid coming across as disengaged or even apathetic during a meeting, when they’re actually very deeply in thought? Meetings.

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!

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. Pre-meetings are essential for anyone looking to have a successful meeting about a contentious issue.

Video meets the Internet of Things

McKinsey

Video-analytics technology is transforming the Internet of Things and creating new opportunities. Are companies prepared to capture growth? Our Insights

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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

How to Design Meetings Your Team Will Want to Attend

Harvard Business

There’s a lot of advice out there about how to make meetings more efficient and productive. And while it’s true that leading focused, deliberate conversations is critical to organizational performance, meetings aren’t just about delivering results. What is a quality experience in a meeting? Of course, you should still be focused on achieving the meeting outcomes, but thoughtful meetings and productive ones don’t have to be at odds.

Don’t End a Meeting Without Doing These 3 Things

Harvard Business

The players and coaches take a few minutes for a post-game meeting – a ritual that’s just as important as the pre-game warm-up. In our view, participants in business meetings can benefit from the same exercise. Meetings. Do You Really Need to Hold That Meeting?

Dick and Emily Axelrod's Method for Holding Better Meetings

Strategy+Business

Veteran organizational development consultants Dick and Emily Axelrod explain how to hold meetings in which work actually gets done

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.

The Right Way to Cut People Off in Meetings

Harvard Business

You’ve spent hours preparing for the meeting. We’ve all seen scenes like this play out, whether in an hourlong meeting or at a multiday offsite. In fact, research suggests that “getting off the subject” is the number one challenge to meeting productivity.

How to Get Out of a Meeting You Know Will Waste Your Time

Harvard Business

You can often predict which meetings will be unproductive from the moment you receive the invitation. There’s the “team update” where you spend two hours listening to a rundown of how everyone spent their week, or the “planning meeting” where you hash out picayune details that should have been handled elsewhere, or the “brainstorming session” where extroverts shout out random ideas. Second, make it more difficult for the meeting requesters.

5 Stages of Successful Meetings for Consultants

Consulting Business

Do you want to make the most of your time and gain the best result from every meeting you have with a prospective client? I’ve always found it helpful […] 5 Stages of Successful Meetings for Consultants is a post from: Consulting Success.

Meet the New Challengers

BCG

Article Monday, June 27, 2016. Despite economic turmoil in emerging markets, the latest global challengers have maintained both their growth rates and profit margins. The global challengers nearly quintupled their share of overseas revenue from 2005 through 2014.

Meeting millennials where they shop: Shaping the future of shopping malls

McKinsey

Here is how to meet the needs of digital customers. The traditional shopping mall is under threat. Our Insights

How to Save a Meeting That’s Gotten Tense

Harvard Business

What began as an orderly public meeting soon degenerated into chaotic shouts, curses, and political threats as one Draper resident after another told the mayor emphatically that this would not happen in their backyard. Wearing a kindly and serene expression, he uttered a simple, sincere statement that brought remarkable and immediate quiet: “This is your meeting. Meetings. The Seven Imperatives to Keeping Meetings on Track. Carson Arias/Unsplash.

8 Ground Rules for Great Meetings

Harvard Business

If you want your team to be effective, you need meeting ground rules — and you need agreement about how to use them. Meetings. How Top Salespeople Land Hard-to-Get Meetings. 5 Ways Meetings Get Off Track, and How to Prevent Each One. Meetings Digital Article

Meetings Would Go Faster If People Took the Time to Listen

Harvard Business

In our meetings, Elana and I talk at a slower pace. Meetings. The Seven Imperatives to Keeping Meetings on Track. How to Design an Agenda for an Effective Meeting. Do You Really Need to Hold That Meeting? Going slower to listen better allows us not only to finish our meetings faster, but also makes the next meeting more effective. You can do this more easily by leaving your devices off the table and taking margin notes in meetings.

The launch meeting

Seth Godin Blog

Choose which sort of meeting you''d like to have: The amateur''s launch meeting is fun, brimming with possibility and excitement. The professional''s launch meeting is useful. You''ve probably been to one.

Meet "McCashier" Your $15.00 Per Hour McDonald's Worker Replacement

MishTalk

You can make $15 an hour at McDonald''s, at least in Seattle. You just have to perform better than this machine. But if you are not more cost effective that that machine, then not only do you not make $15, you do not have a job at all.

Meet today’s American consumer

McKinsey

US consumers feel better about their financial situation than they did a year ago, but they’re still hesitant to spend too much. Our Insights

Meeting China’s productivity challenge

McKinsey

The country’s investment model for growth is losing steam. Shifting to a productivity-led model could add more than $5 trillion to its economy—if China can make the transition. China

Meet the new Brazilian consumer

McKinsey

Amid one of the country’s most severe recessions, how can consumer-goods companies and retailers succeed in Brazil? Our Insights

How to Establish a Meeting-Free Day Each Week

Harvard Business

Having a meeting-free day. Establishing one day with no meetings is a technique that I used throughout 2016 to complete a book proposal and write the manuscript for my third book. By giving yourself one meeting-free day per week, you reduce the context-switching that can slow down dedicated project work. A meeting-free day isn’t the best option for everyone. Even so, I struggled a bit mentally when I began to implement a meeting-free day. Meetings.