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Six Tips To Leading A More Productive Meeting
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Out of 11 million meetings occurring in the U.S. each day, a third are unproductive...

There is nothing more trying than a futile meeting. Not only is it time-consuming and costly, but a fruitless meeting says a lot about your leadership. Your ability to run a meeting well is a direct reflection of your executive talents. Leaders have it tough already, battling the stigma placed on the dreaded office meeting, so it is important that you maintain meaningful and productive meetings at your company. As lackluster as most tend to be, they are still an integral part of the organization. However, for a meeting to be effective, the preparation must take place way in advance. Improve productivity in your next meeting with these simple tips:

1. Define the Purpose

You should always have a purpose, or a reason for which the meeting is called. Determining the purpose allows you to set the tone and direction for which way the meeting will go. Furthermore, it provides a guideline for the agenda, as well as who should attend and the specific methods to take when making decisions.

2. Pre-meeting Communication

Delegate an ample amount of time beforehand going over the issues up for discussion. Then, decided whether or not these concerns can be easily addressed through a less demanding platform, such as Email. Far too often valuable time is lost on meetings that could have been successfully handled through simpler forms of communication.

3. Stick to an Agenda

Without an agenda, the purpose of the meeting becomes askew. People begin to fill in space with inane chatter about issues, many times having absolutely nothing to do with the meeting itself. Help prepare your staff by circulating the agenda in advance. Also, be mindful of other people’s schedules by beginning and ending the meeting on time.

4. Attendees

Meetings are not for everyone. There are always those exceptions, however in most cases, inviting too many people brings on a surge of chaos which leads to an unproductive meeting. It is important to figure out who needs to be there and for what reasons. With this knowledge, you can then design the agenda the way you see fit.

5. Focus

Limit the usage of mobile phones, computers, PDAs and alike. Stress the importance of focus and demand full attention from your attendees.

6. Encourage Participation

Ask each attendee to prepare a solution to any one issue on the agenda. Begin the meeting by reading each contribution aloud. Not only will this assure you that the agenda has been reviewed and read, but it creates a great deal of innovation and discussion as well.

Why Purpose Makes You A Better Leader
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According to Merriam-Webster, purpose is defined as the reason for which something is done or created, or for which something exists. Steve Jobs once said, “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.” You see, like Jobs and other great executives who lead with a purpose tend to be less stressed, happier, more involved and much more innovative. The moment you understand the impact of your actions is when your purpose is revealed. Are you leading to make a positive mark on the world or is it solely for wealth and authority?

Purpose is the one factor that makes all the difference when it comes down to leading an organization successfully. It is what separates transformational leaders from transactional leaders. Leadership that lacks purpose can cause more harm to a business than one with no leadership at all. Here are a few additional reasons why purpose is core to leadership:

Purpose cultivates clarity. It allows you to self-assess your ambition and reasoning behind the work you do. Again, are you motivated by money? Or are you driven by the idea that you have the ability to truly make a difference?

Purpose brings power. When you have purpose, you’re more likely to strive for something greater. You are also more probable to step out of your comfort zone and take bigger risks. In addition to becoming more resilient, purpose causes personal growth in an individual as well.

Purpose helps you engage others. Engagement ensues when there is a collective mission amongst your staff that inspires others. When a person’s emotions are involved, that individual will typically work much harder, use their initiative, and make better decisions.  

Purpose helps with decision making. By understanding your sense of purpose, you become more decisive and buoyant in your efforts to service a bigger cause. Especially during times of adversity, purpose is what maintains your empathy and power to endure.

To know your purpose is to know your meaning and what you stand for.The leaders you remember most are usually the ones who have empowered you in some way. The reason these leaders are memorable is because they all had a great understanding of their purpose. “It’s not enough to be busy,” said poet Henry David Thoreau. “…the question is: ‘What are we busy about?”