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The Business Hell We Must Escape: Meetings
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Alison_Diana
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2/18/2014 | 9:12:53 AM
Re: Dilbert has nothing over real life
A healthcare and education CIO I know holds pretty effective monthly team meetings by rotating meeting chairs and note-takers. Each participant takes turns taking notes, writing and sharing the minutes, and setting the session's agenda. This way, all IT pros have a chance at management roles, facilitation, and time-management, according to Mansur Hasib. Also, each individual had to participate in the meeting and buy into an idea before moving on. That doesn't mean taking it as gospel; it means "polishing" a concept, coming up with a better idea, or completely taking it off the table, he said. 
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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2/14/2014 | 9:22:05 PM
Re: Dilbert has nothing over real life
People just love their meetings, even when a technology is implemented to help reduce the number necessary. Hard habit to break! Great anecdote.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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2/13/2014 | 9:21:09 PM
Re: Can You Hear Me Now?
Spot on, from the very first line. Great video.
moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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2/13/2014 | 8:40:36 AM
Re: Can You Hear Me Now?
This is EXACTLY how these calls go. One would think that by now there is technology available that does not require dialing a phone, punching in 9 digit numbers, download the web installer that downloads the update package that ends up being outdated requiring a fresh install, but only after updating the Java runtime which does not work for the meeting host because on the loaner laptop nobody bothered to install any Windows or other updates for years.

What I want is to walk into a room and start talking, none of that dial in and meeting invitation and conference call stuff.
bquillen280
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bquillen280,
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2/11/2014 | 6:44:10 PM
Re: Start Early!
J Brandt,

I appreciate your comment about having an agenda distributed prior to a meeting; I cettainly concur.  Bennett

 
bquillen280
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bquillen280,
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2/11/2014 | 6:36:15 PM
Re: Dilbert has nothing over real life
Terry B,,

Thanks for your comment.  I recall some years ago when I was working in NYC, I had to lead teleconferences that included people in Denver, London and Hong Kong.  I am not sure how effective that was.  Bennett
bquillen280
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bquillen280,
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2/11/2014 | 6:33:17 PM
Re: Can You Hear Me Now?
Alison,

Fantastic video!  What a hoot.  Thanks.  Bennett
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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2/11/2014 | 5:36:10 PM
Can You Hear Me Now?
Meetings' problems get amplified (or muffled?) when you add in phones or videoconferencing. It's not only technology's fault. It's how we, as people, behave when we use the technology! From interrupting each other to lurking, from disconnected calls to repetition, phones bring a new wrinkle to the meeting mix. 

If you haven't already seen this, it's worth the five minutes. Had me laughing hysterically the first time I watched it.



 
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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2/11/2014 | 5:25:39 PM
Re: Start Early!
That's fantastic, J_Brandt. Some adults could learn management skills from him! One reason so many meetings fail, I think, is that it's a skill few are taught and some don't learn on their own. When you become a manager you're taught all sorts of things but how to run a meeting isn't necessarily one of them. Sure, some folks review their own behavior and meetings, but some don't. 

We've seen what can happen as the result of a bad meeting (the AOL "town hall" springs to mind, although that wasn't a meeting in the true sense of the world; there was no sharing of info. It was one-way.). And hopefully we've seen how a good meeting can bring together disparate people or ideas and result in a real action plan that gets resuts.
J_Brandt
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2/11/2014 | 5:18:59 PM
Re: Start Early!
He's 15.. Eagle Scout and just elected SPL of the Troop.
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