Five Meeting Problems and What You Should Do About Them

Common Meeting Problems and What You Should Do About Them

Ever develop that sense of deja vu about not getting anywhere during a meeting?  Meeting problems are indicative of resistance that is generated during a meeting.  Resistance can be prevented and mitigated with professional behavior.  Here’s what to do about five common meeting problems. 1.  Meeting Problems — Lack of clear purpose All too frequently, meetings are…

Cut Waste Out of Meetings You Attend and Encourage More Collaborative Work

“The distribution of collaborative work is often extremely lopsided . . .”

Success in complex organizations depends increasingly on collaborative work. No one person has all the answers.Yet collaboration and teamwork are not heavily promoted. “ . . . In most cases, 20% to 35% of value-added collaborations (collaborative work) come from only 3% to 5% of employees.” So goes an article in Harvard Business Review’s (HBR)…

Customer Moat Cover

“Customer Moat: Unveiling the Secrets of Business Strategy”

Eddie Sung (Author) has released an easily readable book, Customer Moat: Unveiling the Secrets of Business Strategy, that some might call a primer. Although his discussion does not break new ground (like “Blue Ocean Strategy), he brings life and enjoyable reading to the basics of profit building, illustrating the complex interrelationship of customer voice mixed…

Three Questions for Clarity and Precision

How to Be Precise with Three Transition Questions: Do NOT Ask “How Do You Solve Global Hunger?”

Transition questions are highly effective because you cannot develop a plan, any plan, such as a marketing plan, by asking “What is the marketing plan?” The question is so broad as to be DUMB. It’s not easy for participants to respond to broad questions like “How do you solve global hunger?”  While appropriate, the question’s…

Program Management Illustrated by Mackenzie's Management Process in 3-D

Differences Between Skills of Project and Program Management

Close analysis of the PMBOK® version5 suggests that all skills required for effective project management are also required for program management. The differences between project management and program management reflect the prioritization and relative importance of skills to each role. At a high-level, both project management and program management require: Conceptual skills Design skills Human skills Technical skills However,…

Questions to Ask Preparing for Strategy Execution

4 Phases: Strategy Execution Map, Great Questions to Ask

Discovering and creating a Strategy Execution Map may proceed in four phases: Preparation:  Evidence-based discussion relies on facts, opinions, and perceptions gathered during a workshop from key stakeholders. See the questions below to guide your agenda and construct for your Strategy Execution Map. Education:  This phase will describe the process end-to-end to establish a common vocabulary…