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.
The most important attribute of any leader is the ability to confront uncertainty by identifying opportunities rather than falling into fearful paralysis, writes Art Petty. The key is to acknowledge the doubts and unknowns, to invite advice outside your circle and to be ready to strike when opportunities are identified. "Build on successes and when a clear path emerges into a new market or customer audience, pour on the coals," Petty advises.
When everybody else in the room is saying "yes" too readily, it's up to the boss to be the voice of negativity, writes Art Petty. "Saying 'No' is the last line of defense against group-think," he warns.
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.
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.