2017 is here, and with it the chance of a fresh start and opportunity to grow. As they say: new year, new you. We’ve rounded up our essential reading list on a range of topics from leadership to communication to help you develop and grow as a manager. …Read more
All our tips to improve productivity at your meetings.
Stand-up meetings are often seen as being the solution to end unproductive, overly long meetings. The concept is simple really: standing up is uncomfortable, so it encourages people to be concise, to the point and keeps the discussion moving.
Also called the “daily scrum” in Agile project management, stand-up meetings are short, usually 15 minute daily meetings involving the …Read more
On-time and on-budget – it’s the project manager’s mantra. But a study into 50,000 company projects in the US by the Standish Group found that just 16.2% of projects are actually successful in achieving this. For the rest, projects on average overrun by a staggering 189% of the original cost estimate and 222% of the original time …Read more
Your event went smoothly, everything ran like clockwork and you came in under budget. But was it a success? How do you measure the return on investment? And how can you improve? We often think all the hard work is done before an event, but here we’ll explain why the aftermath needs just as much attention as the planning …Read more
For the next post in our series on having better meetings we’re going to look at one-to-one meetings. Check out the first in the series on company-wide all-hands meetings here.
One-to-one meetings are a conversation between a team leader and a team member, and are really as simple as they sound. However, the more you put …Read more
We all know that meetings work best when you set an agenda and have a structure. But when it comes to running them, not all meetings are the same. For example, how many people are involved? What are the goals? Who will be attending?
In this series, we look at some common meeting formats and give you our tried …Read more
Here in the UK, we’re pretty bad at engaging our employees, with ORC International’s ‘Global Perspectives’ employee engagement survey placing the UK 18th out of 20 countries. If the UK moved its engagement levels to the middle of the top quartile it would lead to a £25.8bn increase in GDP. …Read more
Don’t be alarmed, but there’s an epidemic taking over offices across the UK…
With 36% of all meetings considered unproductive, and 77% of them lacking organisation, this is a dangerous situation for businesses.
But for one company, meetings are less of a problem. In fact, they’re as productive as productive can …Read more
Attention is a delicate thing. At one moment you have it, then the next, it’s gone.
Generally speaking a good article can hold your attention for 400 – 500 words. But holding on to the attention of attendees at a conference is much, much harder.
Why? Humans are visually wired, we have short attention spans and a lot on …Read more
Holiday, by definition, is time off. So, whatever you’re up to this season, leave the stress at home and the office behind.
Except, switching off from the office grind isn’t easy. Many of us find the prospect of taking our annual leave a stress in itself. Will the team cope without you? How’s your inbox going to look when …Read more