How many meetings have you been to that are a total waste of time and money?
You’re sitting there in the meeting wondering, staring at others, perhaps rolling your eyes, knowing it’s not going well, or worse, infuriated that the whole episode is a full-on time-suck of your life!
Does this sound familiar?
I learned a unique approach long ago that helped me shift my thinking about meetings to make them more meaningful.
Participation = More Value
The secret is in how to own a meeting, instead of letting it own you.
Ask this question before your next meeting: “Why Did I Call This Meeting?”
Watch this short video on how using this question can make any meeting more valuable to you.
To your success,
O’Leary Logan & Team Renaissance
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The Fourth of July is a day of celebration and time off for many people in the United States. We celebrate our American Independence Day – freedom from tyranny and hope for a free future.
Today I come back into the office refreshed and ready to finish up the short week with vigor. I feel released from the “tyranny” of my “to do” list and have a new hope for achieving my goals.
It got me thinking, “Why, do I feel this freedom today?” I realized that in just one day, I had incorporated most of my strategies that rejuvenate me and give me hope.
Many of our clients come to us because they feel overwhelmed and are looking for hope and freedom. Perhaps you find yourself in need of these too.
Try one or more of my favorite hope and freedom strategies:
Get out and Move.
My favorite […]
In a few days we start a new quarter – the second half of the year! It’s a great opportunity for a fresh beginning and a time to be reflective.
As business leaders, we will make mistakes. We’ll probably make decisions that we will regret and miss some opportunities. However, the pain of the past can help us to make a more purposeful future. We can choose to be wiser!
Here are three steps to propel yourself into the next quarter with new momentum:
- Inventory what went well for the first part of the year. Celebrate the accomplishments and feel the reward of the ground gained.
- Renew your commitment to begin again with new purpose and energy.
- Reflect on what didn’t go so well for the first part of the year. Feel the pain of missed opportunities and bad decisions (ouch!).
- Re-purpose them for fresh resolve to “go again” and take new action.
- Consider what plans, ideas and […]
One of the easiest ways to increase profits is to decrease expenses. It’s a logical step that many business owners neglect because they feel befuddled by finances or have “abdicated” the role to their bookkeeper or finance person.
Too easily, we can be seduced by the idea of upgrading our marketing and technology to increase clients and revenues. However we forget that there’s a simple process that provides quick results.
A Recipe that Works
We give our expenses a frequent look throughout the year. We ask ourselves “are these expenses maintaining or attracting customers?” If each expense isn’t doing the job we wanted to accomplish, then it gets serious analysis for being eliminated. Each expense should help return a profit.
The discipline of revisiting all expenses, no matter how large or small, is an important business owner “muscle” to keep in shape.
There’s nothing like keeping your finger on the pulse of […]
“Each party should gain from the negotiation” – Andrew Carnegie
What is the least practiced, yet the most important skill to have as a leader or a business owner? It’s the skill of negotiating!
Whether you’re an expert or a neophyte to negotiation, you always want to learn and practice the essentials, just like a professional athlete consistently practices their craft to win at their game.
Work the Fundamentals First!
One of the most important first steps in negotiations is to clarify and identify the interests of each party (Harvard Program on Negotiations, Feb. 2018).
Clearly identifying both your interests and the other person’s interests makes it possible to notice options for agreement. And, equally important, you become aware of strengths and weaknesses in what is being offered or asked.
Knowing all your interests and the interests of the other party will help you to create the maximum value in […]
“Action is the foundational to key to all success” — Pablo Picasso
Sometime in the future, you’ll want to transition from the daily running of your business or simply want to sell it. Maybe you’re there right now and are not sure how to exit – gracefully and with your future in tact.
You’re not alone!
UBS, a multinational investment bank and financial services company reveals, “48 percent of business owners don’t have a formal exit strategy.” (Q1 Investor Watch Report).
Its never too late to create an exit plan for your business. However, the earlier you start, the better the transition can be for you, your team and your clients.
Most business owners see their financial future tied to their business. I have worked with clients that have not built a solid team or created enough value into their business to have anything to sell. Others have sold […]