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As the song goes, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….everywhere you go!”  But I gotta tell you, I am just not that big of a fan of this holiday.  The main purpose of this solemn event is to herald in the birth of Jesus Christ, yet we are more concerned about decking the halls with boughs of holly.  All of the materialism that goes along with the modern day Christmas has spoiled the joy for me – and besides, I sincerely doubt that Christ was actually born on December 25th! Continue reading “One Wonderful Way to Celebrate the Holidays with Your Team” »

I was trying to explain my position during a recent meeting, and one of my fellow board members started to interrupt me.  At first, I glanced at him awry and cocked my head.  I then raised my hand and said, “Please, let me finish.”  When he continued to interrupt, I was a bit more forceful and said, “Let me finish.”  When he continued to persist, I leaned forward and said, “To be a good board member, we agreed that we should listen to each other.  I listened to you.  It is now my turn.”  To which he finally stopped and let me finish my thought. Continue reading “How Team Members Can Intervene Gracefully” »

Holy Cow!  The value of face-to-face meetings is estimated to be more than $1.03 trillion US bucks!  That’s the amount cited for the worldwide direct spending of the meeting and event industry in 2017 according to the Global Economic Significance of Business Events.   The average amount spent per business event participant was $711, according to the report.   Now that’s a lot of moolah for a meeting! Continue reading “Shocking Statistics on the Cost of Meetings” »

Once you have addressed the problem, now it’s time to move into the analysis phase.  Now this is the tricky part where our cognitive biases influence our thinking.  Wikipedia, otherwise known as the font of all knowledge, lists 175 biases – which is far too many to discuss in this article – but keep in mind that they all play into our perceptions and realities.  There’s no escaping them.  However, you can gain awareness of them and how they impact your thinking, and then take countermeasures to become less influenced by these biases. Continue reading “8 of the Most Common Biases in the Workplace” »