Inside: - 11 Reasons Stupid Meetings Happen, The 'Mystery' of Success, Conflict in the Workplace, 10 Ways to Better Conversations, Smart Cities!
Here is your weekly installment of Tuesday Traction Points - Five things I'm seeing and experiencing that give me, and the entrepreneurs I work with, Traction!
11 Stupid Reasons Most Companies Have WAY Too Many Meetings
Business meetings are known productivity toilets, so why are there still so many of them? According to a study at the University of North Carolina, an average leader today spends twice as much time in meetings (a whopping 23 hours a week) as they did in the 1960s.
Check out this Inc. article and see if any of your meetings have been held for one of these stupid reasons.
Then, stop stupid meetings forever by downloading and using the "Level 10 Meeting Agenda", a key tool that will help you get Traction in your business.
Conflict In The Workplace
Conflict in the workplace is risky. I get that. It makes us uncomfortable, tense and our emotions can flare. But what should we expect from passionate teammates who are all fighting for outcomes that matter a lot?
When we work with intelligent, creative, passionate people, we’re bound to have occasions when we see things differently. Conflict in the workplace is not only unavoidable in a growing, healthy organization, but it’s also essential!
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10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation
In this TED Talk, Celeste Headlee teaches us about how to talk and how to listen.
"We have heard a lot of advice on this, things like 'look the person in the eye' ... 'look, nod and smile to show that you're paying attention', 'repeat back what you just heard or summarize it'. So I want you to forget all of that. It is crap."
"There is no reason to learn how to show you're paying attention if you are in fact paying attention."
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Great Talk I Saw this Week ...
Are You Ready for the City of the Future?
Dominic Papa, Executive Director of the Institute for Digital Progress presented a talk on Smart Cities this week. Papa, a real catalyst for innovation and collaboration amongst municipalities in Arizona, revealed as he started that he had brought along a special guest, Bas Boorsma! Bas (pronounced boss), who literally wrote the book on smart cities, spoke about lessons learned in Europe and throughout the world. He leads in the Center for Smart Cities and Regions initiative at ASU.
Arizona is at the forefront of innovation, not merely creating smart cities, but a "Smart Region", transforming Greater Phoenix into a global leader in public-sector governance and private sector innovation to improve the quality of life for all citizens and businesses within Greater Phoenix communities.