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How to Prioritize Your Team’s Strategies: 3 Basic Principles

If you are a veteran of strategic planning, you know that most planning efforts result in more strategies than you can possibly implement at once. Most organizations would be fortunate to implement 6-12 strategic initiatives in a year. However, many teams end up with 25-40 potential strategies, and one team we worked with had over 100! How do you go about deciding which strategies to undertake first? How do you determine your priorities?

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Corporate Team-Building Activities: The Good, the Bad and the Really Ugly

Choosing a team-building activity or event is not an easy task – contrary to what many might believe is merely a social task. Our team-building facilitators find that popular activities like paintballing or indoor rock climbing – although likely considered “fun” by many people in your group – may not always be the best choices for your group. But, how do you decide which are?

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Tool Check: Free Download – 5 Ways to Make Corporate Training Deliver More ROI

“5 Ways to Make Corporate Training Deliver More ROI” – Markus Schwarz, senior vice president and global head of SAP Education, identifies five ways to ensure organizations see more return on investment (ROI) from their training and development. U.S. spending on corporate training grew by 15% last year – the highest growth rate in seven years – according to the 2014 Corporate Learning Factbook, the Bersin by Deloitte brief. While this is a positive indicator of good economic activity and continued fostering of employee development, HR and business leaders want to see realized value and return from investments in training. In this download, Schwarz writes:

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InterCall Study on Conference Calls: You’re Up Against Other Work, E-mails, & Food

A study from InterCall, the largest international conference call company, found some interesting (and painful) statistics about participant behavior when it comes to conference calls – including the ones that YOU lead everyday. Want to know what your group members are likely doing during your call? Some highlights from InterCall’s study:

  • 65% are doing other work
  • 63% are sending e-mail
  • 55% are eating or making food

Find out what others are doing during conference calls. Read Harvard Business Review’s full article here about the study.

Want to learn how to facilitate through these dysfunctions you’re up against? Arm yourself with virtual facilitation skills.

Preventing Dysfunction in Meetings with Facilitation

You have spent hours preparing for your company’s upcoming monthly meeting. As a corporate executive or project manager, your job is to shed light on the current issues the business is facing and get its team members to iron out a solution. Everyone is expected to be present at 8 a.m. sharp, yet like always, you notice a few stragglers coming in late and more than a handful of employees who would rather prefer to talk about their weekend gossip.

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Facilitation Training for Groups

Group facilitation training is one of Leadership Strategies’ most popular and result-driven services. The greatest challenges business managers, corporate executives and team leaders face is figuring out how to maintain workplace productivity and establish a collective consciousness about a particular goal.

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Characteristics of a Good Business Meeting Facilitator

Unproductive office meetings do not benefit anyone. Participants feel their time has been wasted and it costs the company money in terms of lost man hours that could have been put to more productive use. An effective meeting facilitator knows how to conduct purposeful business meetings that leave executives and employees feeling valued and inspired. Below are important skills to have in order to conduct a productive office meeting.

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Tips for Becoming a Better Listener

Clear and targeted communication is vital for the continued growth and success of any company. Failure to understand what is being said — miscommunication — can lead to problems not only with your employees but also with your customers. Active listening is intrinsic to successful communication. Before you can get your message across, you first have to know what you want to say; and to do this, you have to know how to listen.

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Tips for Productive Meetings

Senseless meetings are a major drain on the resources of any business and the productivity of its employees. Below are five suggestions from our corporate facilitation experts on conducting purposeful meetings that generate actionable ideas, spark creativity and empower your employees.

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Tool Check: New Study Released by join.me

The latest must-read for anyone looking to improve online meetings!

The makers of join.me – the popular instant web conferencing solution by LogMeIn – teamed with Ovum – a leading provider of business intelligence and research services – to release a comprehensive report, “Collaboration 2.0: Death of the Web Conference (As We Know It).” The report is a must-read for facilitators, managers, and anyone looking to improve the effectiveness of their online meetings and group collaboration efforts. The findings are based on a survey completed by over 3,900 full-time professionals worldwide about their collaboration and meeting-related behaviors and activities. Key findings:

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