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Purpose Drives Execution

Everyone knows that great ideas and strategies aren’t worth anything without great execution, right? What we mostly fail to ask is “Why?” Why are we executing the way we are? The Purpose Drives Impact framework gives us a way to examine execution

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Are you ready for 2014? How do you make your priorities real?

How’s progress going toward your quarterly priorities?  With 1/3 of the quarter past, now is a great time to check in. Be proactive and make sure you get the most from your team in the last two months of Q1!

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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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Are Your Quarterly Priorities Hurting Morale?

If you leave your quarterly planning session with priorities like these, you may have a problem on your hands: Increase sales Decrease expenses Improve delivery times Write employee handbook When your executive team isn’t clear how we will measure each

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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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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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