Efficiency Tricks by Google: Doing the Basics Well!

“As a leader, a lot of your job is to make (those) people successful. It’s less about trying to be successful (yourself), and more about making sure you have good people and your work is to remove that barrier, remove roadblocks for them so that they can be successful in what they do.” – Sundar Pichai, CEO Google (SOURCE)

Management processes for everything from giving employees feedback to running effective meetings are part of the tricks of the trade that Google has shared with the world at large.

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Running an Effective Meeting Requires Many Skills: Talking Too Much Isn’t One of Them!

Meetings Without Talking Too Much

“I don’t spend my time pontificating about high-concept things; I spend my time solving engineering and manufacturing problems.” ~ Elon Musk

No one wants to attend a meeting just to listen to someone, namely you, talking in a seemingly endless monologue. That defeats the entire purpose of most meetings, and the purpose of most teams. Dealing with issues, solving problems, and other purposeful results are the point of good meetings.

The situation becomes worse if you’re dominating the meeting and you are the most senior person in the room. With that power dynamic in play, there are few who will engage.

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Communication Is a Two Way Street… Or Is It?

asynchronous communication

“Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media by which men communicate than by the content of the communication.”
~ Marshall McLuhan

In other words, the medium matters. HOW you communicate is just as important as WHAT you communicate.

By definition, most people think of communication as being synchronous. That is, communication that occurs in real time, such as when one person speaks while one or more others listen and then someone else responds. A good example in the world of work is a meeting, where multiple people work together, at the same time, though not necessarily in the same place.

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Meetings With Alexa: Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Assistants and the Best Meetings EVER

Meetings with Alexa

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” – Stephen Hawking

Change in the workplace is a hard thing to endure. You’ve done a task a certain way for as long as you can remember and suddenly, you’re being asked to change it. Change for the sake of change is pointless and upsetting but change that improves your day to day? THAT is essential and, if you view it positively, effective.

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What it Takes to Host Successful Virtual Meetings

Virtual Meetings

In the age of freelancing, digital workspaces and virtual teams, people work together who live all over the world. In the past, a meeting with such a team would require air travel and hotel rooms, per diems and expenses. Today, a virtual meeting, also known as a remote meeting, is the cost effective alternative.

But is a remote meeting actually as effective as sitting in a room together? It can be, if it is handled correctly.

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Stop the Meeting Madness!

“Has anyone ever said, ‘I wish I could go to more meetings today’?”
~ Matt Mullenweg, Creator of WordPress

That quote says it all, doesn’t it? Economist and social theorist Thomas Sowell said “The least productive people are usually the ones who are in favor of holding meetings.” There are likely days in every organization when the reality of meeting madness feels true.

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Should Your Meetings Have a ‘Type’? The Short Answer Is: Yes.

Meeting Types

In a previous post, we talked about how a meeting is more productive if it is focused on a particular point. Drilling down to a specific topic with an expected outcome or deliverable at the end helps to keep the agenda clear, the meeting short, and more fruitful.

Expanding on that first tip for productive meetings, as chair / leader, you need to figure out what type of meeting you want to have before you even set it up. This decision will help you to create the agenda, the attendee list, and limit scope creep, which tends to happen when the topic isn’t focused.

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