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Priority Star Method for Prioritization

I’ve had 3 or 4 different CEOs show me this method for group prioritization lately, and I’ve since used it with two clients.  I couldn’t find it on the web, so I might have the name wrong.  If you know

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Without Keeping Score, There is No Game

When the Detroit Tigers play the Minnesota Twins, what would be the point without keeping score?  There’s one number that means more than all the others in a baseball game, the number of runs our team is ahead or behind

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5 Essential Elements for an Effective Quarterly Planning Offsite

If you simply can’t imagine taking a whole day offsite with your leadership team, don’t bother with this post.  Instead, read Too busy to plan? Otherwise, read on! There are 5 essential elements to an effective quarterly planning offsite. Getting

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Weekly Meeting Summary

Weekly Meeting Calendar

The weekly meeting is often the place a company will start if they have no meeting rhythm at all.  Let’s step back for a moment and ask ourselves: What’s the purpose of a weekly meeting? Collective intelligence (not status!) on

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Meeting Rhythm I Recommend

In Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, Verne Harnish outlines a meeting rhythm that growth companies can follow to make sure information, ideas and problem solving flows quickly and accurately throughout the organization.  Here’s my quick summary of the full rhythm: Daily

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Daily Huddle Summary

What’s the purpose of a daily meeting? Synchronization (not problem solving) What makes an effective daily meeting? Stand up.  Yes, really. Same time and place every day. Start and end on time (7-12 minutes should be plenty), even if people

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Too busy to plan?

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Quite a few CEOs I’ve spoken with recently tell me they’re too busy to add a daily huddle or a quarterly planning offsite to their schedule. This post is for those of you too busy for the full meeting rhythm

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What’s your Critical Number?

I’ve received a couple of messages like this recently: Ted, on the bottom of the annual and quarterly columns on the one-page strategic plan, there’s a space for critical numbers. Could you explain that further? The concept of the critical

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Is your weekly meeting a waste of time?

How effective are your weekly meetings? Are you discussing what’s most important? How do you know? Ineffective meetings are not only a waste of time for everyone involved, they also waste money (you’re paying people to waste that time, rather

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The Art of the Huddle

From Inc mag in 2007, still just as relevant today, if you’d like to learn how a few specific companies use a daily huddle: http://www.inc.com/magazine/20071101/the-art-of-the-huddle.html 

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