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"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled teams yearning to breath free…"

June 24, 2011
by Steve Pearl
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The “Making Meetings Matter” Series: Prologue

Meetings are a necessary evil of organizational life. Most big achievements in business, sports, and life depend upon a collection of smart, talented individuals all pulling together as a team to achieve a common goal.  You won't win the Super Bowl without a great team.  You won't achieve market dominance without building and leading a great team.

Your business won't survive if your team isn't communicating regularly and executing every play from the same playbook.

In leadership we often talk in terms of, "getting everyone on the same page" before tackling a big problem.  We are keenly aware of the importance of ensuring that every team member knows, understands, and is acting to achieve the same mission and goals.

So we "do meetings" to ensure everyone hears the same message at the same time from the same source.

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June 1, 2011
by Steve Pearl
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The Language of Leadership: “Thank You!”

The smile on his face caught my attention.  As an associate at the local WaWa convenience store was heading his way out the front door to do clean-up duty on the gas islands, the assistant manager behind the counter shouted over…

“Hey, thanks man!  I really appreciated your help!”

I don’t know what the man heading out the door had just done, but I knew the words he heard made him feel like it was worth the effort.  He might have mopped up a spill, counted out a register, stocked a shelf, or even just sliced up some extra ham for the next hoagie heading out the door.  It didn’t matter.  That manager made sure his employee knew he appreciated the effort.

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