Time is money, so spend it wisely during company meetings with these tips to keep discussion running smoothly, get objectives accomplished, stimulate out-of-the-box thinking and keep wasted time to a minimum.
Meetings are "infernal," especially when they're badly run, writes Art Petty. To set your workers free, keep meetings short and to the point, and end meetings early whenever you get the chance. "The most important rule: don't call a meeting unless you absolutely have no other choice," Petty writes.
Offering constructive criticism to your employees isn't fun, but it's easier if you do it throughout the year instead of waiting until the performance review, Geoffrey James writes. It's a good idea to offer feedback immediately after a problem has occurred and to listen to what your employees tell you, he writes.
Good leaders care less about being right than about figuring out what actually is right in any given situation, writes Art Petty. That implies a less authoritative approach to leadership, with bosses focusing less on imposing their will and more on soliciting opinions and perspectives before making decisions. "Effective leaders bite their tongues and ask before they tell," Petty writes.
As a leader, it's a good idea to adopt a more positive attitude, Art Petty writes. "While Clinton might have been office the last time you smiled in the workplace, it will put you in a better mood and keep your team guessing," he writes. Among his 11 other leadership tips are to conduct performance reviews and offer positive feedback.
Too many leaders allow their teams to dwell entirely on internal issues, writes Art Petty -- and their shortsightedness puts them at a serious competitive disadvantage. "Myopic firms miss market moves and focus incorrectly on improving yesterday's systems and products," Petty notes. Only by keeping their teams focused on external forces can leaders meet their customers' needs and stay ahead of the competition, Petty argues.