Category Archives: Meetings

Worth Repeating – July 2014

Purple Buddleia (butterfly bush), Tecate, Mexico. Photo by Margaret Lukens
Purple Buddleia (butterfly bush), Tecate, Mexico. Photo by Margaret Lukens

I recently tried out a new time and calendar management app called mynd. (It’s beautifully designed!) When I finish with all my appointments, it greets me with a message: “Free At Last! (You have no more events scheduled today.)” As we in the United States celebrate our nation’s independence, I hope this month finds you feeling free, too. Free to work and free to play. Here are a few posts from years past that I hope will help you gain even more freedom.

How many hours are there in an eight-hour day? If it seems as though you can never get eight hours of work done in an eight-hour day, there’s a reason for that. If you plan for some interruptions, you can still get your most important work done.

I recently returned from St. Louis, where I worked with a particular non-profit board for the fifth year to make their annual plan. A couple of years ago this group inspired me to compare my work of helping individual business owners to make a plan to the less-predictable work of helping a group to birth their plan. Again this year, they made some magic happen.

Good sleep is essential to productivity. This means protecting yourself from the brain- and hormone-fooling yellow light of laptops, tablets, and phones. Here’s how, including a free app that can help.

And as we celebrate Independence Day in the United States, it is well to remember the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, who gave so much to her country and to the world.

Happy July to you!



My Conference Packing List is Now Yours, Too

No sooner had I made my plane reservations this morning for the first conference I’ll be attending this year (a week in New Orleans this April with 800 or so professional organizers who, believe it or not, know how to party), than my friend Jodi Womack published her conference packing list . I’ve been sharing… Continue Reading

Will the Magic Happen? Strategic Planning For Groups

When I work with just one business owner, I am always eager to get started, confident that together we can forge a great path forward for them and their business — one that is full of juicy, enticing, I-can’t-wait-to-get-out-of-bed goals.When I work with a group, however… I spent a day recently with a wonderful group… Continue Reading

Humans are natural procrastinators

A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing; only at different times. – Sir John Dalberg-Acton Hold on, Sir John! Is it possible that delay serves a good purpose? And if, like our appendix, delay has outlived its usefulness, how can we work around it with… Continue Reading

The Jump-start Meeting

Recently I was seated next to Laura Van Galen, the dynamic head of Bleu Marketing, a full-service direct marketing firm based in San Francisco. She described to me a practice she uses with her senior team, the daily jump-start meeting. Here’s how the jump-start meeting works: every morning each manager has three minutes to describe… Continue Reading

Meetings: stand up

As described in my organizing colleague John Trosko’s blog, one Los Angeles-area company found an effective way to keep its meetings “right sized” — they shed their chairs and held meetings standing up. Meetings that had been 30 to 60 minutes shrank to about half their former time. Think of the value to your business… Continue Reading

Meetings: a quote

A quote for the day: But above all, meetings have to be the exception rather than the rule. An organization in which everybody meets all the time is an organization in which no one gets anything done. Wherever a time log shows the fatty degeneration of meeting — wherever for instance, people in an organization… Continue Reading

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