Tips From The Top for December 2018

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As a certified peer group facilitator with The Alternative Board (TAB), I get the opportunity to review ideas and insights from TAB facilitators and members from around the world.

Here are my top picks for December 2018…

List the marketing efforts you’ve got now and how you think each is doing – study it, what was effective? What wasn’t? What do you want to continue? What do you want to try next? Experiment!

Inject a Little Fun

James Selecky, Weifield Group

For all hands meetings, inject some fun by doing 3 second videos of winners and runners-up of awards. Have them answer an interesting question like “If you could ask the leadership team anything, what would you ask?” or “If you had a super power, what would you choose and why?”

Strategic Plans

TAB Winnipeg Board

Having a strategic plan to start out a new year is a great idea. Not reviewing that strategic plan regularly with your management team throughout the year is a tragedy. If we expect to accomplish our common goals and have the team rally around them, they need to be top of mind.

Creating Balanced Incentive Plans

Dan Mulligan, Yellowdog Printing

If you create a bonus plan based on revenue or profit, be sure to balance it with customer and/or employee satisfaction to ensure proper motivation and no adverse long-term effects.

Shorter Trainings

Jeffry Radspinner, Venture Surplus

Training for lots of things works better when it is in short bursts rather than ½ day or all-day trainings. It is easier to keep focused on the learning objectives and, with shorter trainings, the ‘pull’ to get back to work is not as great.

Us vs. Them

Emo Pentermann, Bell ATM Services, Inc.

There are often 2 teams that have tension between them due to their assigned roles (front office vs. back office, sales vs. development, etc.). To reduce the amount of conflict between them, educate everyone on team roles, have the managers of each team set priorities and coordinate, and facilitate communication with a communication tool like Slack.

Run Productive Meetings

TAB-Winnipeg Board

Regular meetings can be very useful but can also be non-productive and waste a lot of time. To avoid regular meetings turning into a time waster, follow this few tips:

  1. Always prepare and share an agenda in advance of the meeting.
  2. Review the agenda as the first step and ask if anyone has an item to add.
  3. Ensure you come prepared to discuss the items on the agenda that you are responsible for.
  4. Ensure all attendees have read the notes from the last regularly scheduled meeting.
  5. Every meeting should have a clear purpose and time-frame.
  6. Every meeting should have a scribe and time-keeper.
  7. Productive meetings will yield action items that are assigned to a specific person and time-framed.

 

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