July 21, 2014
Examine Your Relationships Through a Trust Lens

When you’re involved in a discussion aimed at reaching an agreement with someone there are a multitude of factors that can affect the process and outcome. One of the more significant variables is relationship. In the midst of ongoing discussion - negotiating a contract, persuading someone to share your perspective, offering feedback, resolving a conflict – the status of your relationship with the other party can swing the pendulum dramatically. 

July 7, 2014
Time is Valuable so Use Yours (and Theirs) Wisely

Assuming you agree that time is valuable, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Why is it so common to feel like many of the meetings you attend are often a waste of time or could have been handled differently, kept shorter, or involved a different set of people? 
  2. How often do you think that you’re spending so much time in meetings that you don’t have any time to actually get work done?
  3. When was the last time you went to a meeting and knew the agenda ahead of time?
  4. As a facilitator, how often do you take the time to think about, create and share meeting objectives as well as relevant information in advance?
  5. As an attendee, how often do you request an agenda if one isn’t provided or offer your expectations for the time together?

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