A Giant Waste of Time, Part 2 — Meetings

meeting of four people with crumbled up balls of paper in the middle of the table

(Second in a random series on Business Time Wasters) If email is the great curse over the workplace, (and it is, trust me), then without a doubt, meetings are a spell that’s been cast over offices to suck the life energy out of employees and management alike while making us all think that issues are…

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A Giant Waste of Time, Part 1

clock in a trashcan full of crumpled papers

(First in a random series on Business Time Wasters) Email.  If there was any greater curse ever cast over the workplace, I can’t think of one. Sure, it facilitates communication. And none of us can even imagine anymore how we could function in a business environment without the ability to dash off a quick note…

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The Communications Cocktail

two cocktails on a bar

Some of you got excited when you saw cocktail in the title above, didn’t you? You figured, “Finally, somebody agrees with me—a little liquid social lubricant can go a long way to getting people to loosen up and talk…”  Slow down there, Norm. We’re not heading for Cheers. That’s a different conversation.  But I’ll give you this much:…

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The Real Problem Isn’t The One They’re Complaining About

door with title Complaints Dept.

When your employees voice a problem, split off the complainer from the complaint to get at the real issue (For my previous thoughts on workplace problems and a drama-free workplace, see People are the Problem and Solve it with Structure.) We live in an age of outrage. Whatever it is—jobs, schools, restaurants, auto repair, retail…

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Layers of Change

Layers that Build Success Now, let’s take a look now at how the ACMP Standard actually fits into the layers. As I mentioned, the ACMP Standard has a layered structure. Starting at the highest conceptual level, it details the change process all the way down to day-to day tactical steps for implementation—which all map out…

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Three Sins to Derail Successful Change

Layers of Change Lately, in the change management initiatives I’ve worked on, I’ve noticed more and more leaders who feel anguished and anxious because they believe they should be at a certain point in the change process—a point they still haven’t reached yet. So I’ve found myself more and more having to explain that the…

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Manipulation or Communication?

This is a blog on how to manipulate people using words.  We keep hearing we should empower people to use the new system, lose weight, advance their careers, etc but I’ve recently read only 3% of any audience is ready to be empowered or influenced. If they were empowered they could do it on their…

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Behavior modification NOT CRM User Adoption

CRM User adoption isn’t about driving system usage. It isn’t about training. It isn’t about the tool or the business processes, ROI, costs, or revenue. It is about behavior modification.  Think of the characteristics of your BEST employee. What are the 3 behaviors that describe why they are the best? As a leader what you…

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