Ever been stuck in a long and pointless meeting? Then you’ll know how unproductive and demoralising it can be. But this can all be changed via the power of listening.
The second quarter of any new year is a strange one. For some companies, it can feel dormant – as first-quarter launches deploy and reflections from the previous year take a back seat, there’s often a sense of suspension in the air. But realistically, this is a critical and dynamic time for leadership. I’m here to tell you why, and how to make the most of this crucial time…
How many meetings have you sat in where time-wasting is high and positive attitudes are low? So what’s a boss to do? The answer? Listen to the sentiments of your bored employees. Sick of pointless meetings? if so, here are some global statistics you can use to improve the quality of your meetings today.
Nick Pollitt, managing director at DBI Furniture Solutions, explains that bad meetings can easily become a culture in any company if left unaddressed.
Your physical surroundings can make meetings shorter and more productive, says David Denham, VP of global marketing at Ergotron.
Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk haven’t reached the top by accident. Both have their own set of meeting rules to ensure no one wastes their time.
SME owners must act as their own brand ambassador, this also means they must know how to deliver a winning pitch or presentation.
In a business context, what is “creativity”? Marketing? Ideas? Fluff? Nul points! It is the ability to find new ways to answer difficult questions.
Recent research suggests that unproductive meetings are costing the UK a staggering £582 million a week. So if bad meetings are a regular occurrence in your workplace, it could be damaging your bottom line.
Whether it’s cutting people off mid-sentence, people twiddling their thumbs with their eyes on the clock or slurping down a late lunch, there are habits – if left unchecked – that can turn a good meeting into a bad one.
From Richard Branson, with his playful PR stunts and countless advice books, to Warren Buffett and his soundbite words of wisdom, high-profile leaders set an example to show how things can be done. One of the group’s members is undoubtedly Tesla and SpaceX founder, Elon Musk.
In my experience, the most precious commodity in life is not gold, diamonds or even Bitcoin, it’s time – and it shouldn’t be wasted.