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And find ways to get the non-contributor to contribute more. What do you do when you have someone dominating in your meetings? Don’t try to “change” the person who dominates the meeting. Their contributions are potentially valuable. Instead, focus your attention on the meeting participants that are contributing less. Below are some suggestions to get folks to contribute more. Pick what works best for you and your situation.
- Directly asking the relative passive contributor questions related to the agenda items in the meetings.
We are all sinners – at least in the business sense. And, it is hard not to be a business sinner today. In our current pell-mell state of rushing about putting out current “business fires” it would be beyond the capacity of mere mortals not to make one or more of the so-called business sins. Knowledge of these seven great business sins will not make you perfect, but can allow you to be a better business manager.
- WORSHIPPING HIGH PROFIT MARGINS
If you maximize your profit margins, you’ll also maximize your competition. High margins mean your competition
For many years [over 20] I have studied and researched early childhood sexual abuse and its harrowing trauma. My studies have taken me to places that have challenged, frightened, angered, and offended me. I have counseled persons who were victims of incest, spousal rape, both episodic and tenacious long term abuse. I have counseled persons whose souls were wrapped around a false sense of culpability and blame for their victimization. They can see themselves as less than others, and more remarkably not fully human. In some sense the abuse created within the victims a mythic sense of self. Virginia Wolfe,
If you, or anyone you know, suffers with chronic pain, you are not alone. In fact, 47% of all Americans suffer with some form of chronic pain (Huff Post). Conventional medicine is ineffective in eliminating chronic pain, and so is every other alternative treament—this is by definition. We all know what pain is—it’s casued by inflammation, it hurts for a while, then it goes away. Sometimes we need help with an owie–ice, heat, drugs, a chiropractor, massage, acupunture, surgery, or just time and rest. But regular pain goes away, and we go on with life.
Many leaders are persons who function at a blazing pace. Most leaders want to move faster than do followers. So, what is the proper speed of leadership? There are times that call for leaders to work at a brisk pace. The danger of moving too fast however, is that the leader may end up pushing the followers instead of leading them. There are times when a leader must work at a fast pace. There are times when a leader must work at a moderate pace. And there are times when a leader needs to be in low gear. The wise
Recently while standing on the south bank of Green Lake in Wisconsin, I noticed a large number of fishes in three feet of water or less. Bass, bluegill and yellow perch were readily available for the prepared angler. Usually, when in shallow water, fish are easy to catch. The next day at the same time I returned to the same location and there were no fish to be seen! What happened? Change; the warm, southern breeze on the first day had become a cold wind from the east. The barometric pressure had changed and the temperature had dropped. In order
It happens sometimes. We clash with people at work, but there’s a better way through the right kind of communication. Recently, I had a spirited discussion with a woman who works for me who had made some mistakes I just had to address. Our exchange was tense at times, and we eventually worked things out, but the most interesting thing to come out of it was what we learned from the experience. Her name is Mary, and she’s smart, accomplished and works quickly and efficiently—most of the time. Mary would probably describe the conversation differently, more like
How many times have you been in someone’s office and they have asked you to close the door? The story that follows is usually about someone in management that 1) did not do what he said he would do, 2) verbally supported a new policy in a staff meeting, but refused to implement it when the time came, or 3) stayed in his office instead of going to a meeting to solve a problem that impacted his department. Choices like this are made by millions of people in management every single day. Management views these choices as part of their
Success happens when you see yourself—your strengths and weaknesses–clearly. By Beate Chelette, The Women’s Code If you’ve ever watched American Idol, you’ve seen weekly examples of what I call the denial phenomenon. During auditions, particularly untalented singers seem to firmly believe that they are amazing. Their ill-fated and often horrible auditions are followed by utter disbelief that they are not “going to Hollywood.” That got me thinking. As business owners, what if we say and do things that are unwittingly boycotting our own success? While things like talent, IQ and, of course, the hard work we
Leadership wisdom: do you have it? Do you know the difference between experience and time spent on the job? Wise leaders do. Read the following story taken from Understanding Your Role As A Leader. I will not make any conclusions or issue any challenges. Both of those are up to you. Early in the 20th century the Campisano family movde from Italy to North America. Finding himself in a new country and in a new culture, and without the ability to speak English, Al Campisano, the oldest of the children, at age eleven, began his American