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Cold Water Comments - What They Are and How to Manage Them!

Cold Water Comments - What They Are and How to Manage Them! Cold Water Comments are those comments, phrases and ideas that are meant to discourage, disparage, discredit and generally douse your ideas!  There are several things you can do to keep those comments in someone's bucket or warm them up once they've been tossed. Planning for the Cold Water - With Towels in Each Hand! Step 1 - Identify the Possible Cold WaterMake a list of all the comments you have heard in the past and might expect to hear now.

Great Groups! - Getting a Group to Think Like a Genius

Great Groups! - Getting a Group to Think Like a Genius Wouldn't it be great to have an Edison or Einstein, or Mozart at your next meeting?  If you had a genius at your meeting, do you think you might come up with better results?  Let me be the first to tell you that those people won't be at your next meeting.  But there are some things you can do as a facilitator - some techniques and tactics that you can use with the group that will help them work better.

Six Reasons to K.I.S.S.

Six Reasons to K.I.

9 Tips for Getting the Most From Your Conference Investment

Tips for Getting the Most From Your Conference Investment All professionals attend conferences, seminars, and trade shows each year.  Through my observation and person experience here are my top tips for maximizing your time and monetary investment in these events.

6 Ways to Keep Things Simple

Six Ways to Keep Things Simple We can have greater success with our Clients when we make our work processes and agreements simpler and more elegant.  This article will give you ideas for making your contracts and commitments, projects and plans, reports and relationships with Clients simpler.

Operating on Perpetual Overload?

Check Out Your E-HabitsAnother week has ended. And, despite moving at the speed of light, you've once again barely made a dent in your more important goals or projects.

No Time to Focus on the Big Picture? Try Focus Management

E-mail, voicemail, "got a minute?" interruptions, multiple projects and competing priorities. Whether it is in work or in life, we all understand the importance of "seeing the forest for the trees.

Is Your Brain Getting the Memory Full Message? 5 Ways to Free Up Room on Your Brains Hard Drive

Lynn was tapped to head up the project team for a major company restructuring. She began her first team meeting by delegating steps and due dates to the various department heads.

Want to Manage Your Time? Get Real!

You know the drill - the ridiculous deadlines, the relentless barrage of email, voicemail, phone calls, all those "got a minute" interruptions, the constant worrying that one of those many balls you're juggling is going to unexpectedly drop.When you're on total overload, all you want is relief - preferably the fast and easy kind.

Leadership in Troubled Times

Leadership in Troubled Times The first task of a leader is to keep hope alive. -  Joe Batten Leading an organization can be challenging, even when times are good.

Are you NICE or do you CARE?

Are you NICE or do you CARE? Most people and most managers want to be nice. After all, it's easier to be nice than to not be nice.

Dont Let Your Measurements Mislead You

Don't Let Your Measurements Mislead You There aren't too many words that can strike as much fear and loathing into the hearts of your internal customers, and sometimes your own employees as the words "Operational Measurements". Operational Measurements often get a bad rap because of their misuse by well intended, but misinformed management.

One Bad Apple

One Bad Apple I know what you are thinking but no, I am not doing a tribute to Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5.  Although I will admit that their hit song from the 70's keeps rolling around in my mind as I type this.

Micromanagement and Delegation

Micro-Management and Delegation   Recently I had a long discussion with a friend of mine about Managers and managing.  She is a former HR Manager for several major companies and was bemoaning the fact that training for managers has been cut back so significantly in recent years and that managers no longer receive the type of help, guidance and assistance that they received just a few short years ago.

Keeping and Motivating the Best Employees

Keeping and Motivating the Best Employees In "You Win With People" we talked about the need to hire the very best people to build your team.  Now that you've done that the question becomes, how do you keep them, and how do you keep them motivated.

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