Procrastination and JDI!Written by Martin Haworth
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Third and finally, consider effects of putting off decisions. How much harm does it do to organisation, your nearby people and above all you, as decisions lie there at back of your mind, unmade? The result is most often not negative outcome that your worst fears suggest, but subliminal worry that NOT having made decision, i.e. it is still to be worried over, is often much, much worse when added up than decision itself! So, in most cases, a good chunk of information, weigh up potential downsides and then, JDI. Just Do It - works a treat!
As a final example, I once, in my early management days, worked with a middle manager who became a real challenge, with his behaviour and attitudes - even I was intimidated by him! It took me 18 months of fear of confrontation and worry to tackle him about it - evidence was never really that strong - I told myself...
The interview took an hour, during which time he completely apologised for his behaviour.
He had not realised that way he was experienced by others was so damaging. Once pointed out, he accessed feedback regularly on those days when he was 'off on one', and he encouraged his supporters to bring him down to earth quickly. I took 18 months worrying about that conversation.
Looking back, I learnt that it is far better to get these things aired early on, for everyone. And never once has this backfired on me since.
© 2005 Martin Haworth is a Business and Management Coach. He works worldwide, mainly by phone, with small business owners, managers and corporate leaders. He has hundreds of hints, tips and ideas at his website, www.coaching-businesses-to-success.com. (Note to editors. Feel free to use this article, wherever you think it might be of value - with a live link if you can).
Effective Meetings Begin With a Real AgendaWritten by Steve Kaye
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4) Assignments. Tell participants how to prepare for meeting (e.g. survey your department for travel costs during last quarter). Also, tell them what they need to bring (e.g., bring a copy of budget). Prepared participants make a meeting more efficient and more effective.
5) Logistics. Provide basic information on when and where you will hold meeting. If participants are coming from other offices, be sure to include directions and maps. In general, provide all information that people need so that they can perform at their best.
The small amount of time required to prepare a real agenda will help you hold shorter, more effective meetings.
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