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Published on August 8th, 2018

How Undiscussables Erode Team Performance And What To Do About It

Ever heard of the term “undiscussables”?

Simply put, undiscussables are topics that create threat or embarrassment in a group or team, and are consequently avoided.

Argyris proposed that undiscussables, in a team, or more widely across an organisation, lead to managerial mediocrity, poor organisational performance and malaise.

That’s right malaise. I bet you haven’t heard that word for a while…

Published on May 31st, 2018

Alternative Meeting Guidelines To Elon Musk’s Advice To ‘Walk Out’

So, Elon Musk says you should “walk out of a meeting or drop off a call as soon as it is obvious you aren’t adding value”.

I feel compelled to write something in response to Musk’s meeting advice, from his recent email communication to his staff. Meetings are my bag, and I believe your everyday meeting is entirely central in our quest to be more effective, and to find more meaning at work.

I like Musk’s comments. I think he has called out problems that many of us encounter every day. But, he is short on solutions.

Published on April 13th, 2018

Power Your Leadership With This Exercise To Increase Your Emotional Intelligence

Identify your reactive tendencies and use this powerful exercise to increase your emotional intelligence and strengthen your leadership.

Published on March 19th, 2018

Team Meetings: 3 Steps For Your Team To Thrive, Not Survive

Awkward team meetings…
Are they killing your team’s ability to solve problems?
As a manager, have you ever wondered the cost of your team meetings having regular awkward moments, and a resultant poor atmosphere? 
And who decides if it’s a poor atmosphere anyway?
Is it possible that one…

Published on February 7th, 2018

How To Design Effective Meetings That Get Decisions Made

How To Design Effective Meetings That Get Decisions MadeThe Kite © As a Tool To Better Structure Your MeetingsIn my previous article and video I spoke about the two main problems that derail business meetings. They were the “social” and “structural” problems.In this article, I’ll explain how to…

Published on December 7th, 2017

Executive Meetings Need Help. Here’s Why and How.

Executive Meetings Need Help. Here’s Why and How.
Are you bored? Maybe you’re waiting for something real, and important to happen in your executive meetings? USA Today magazine recently reported that 49% of all office meetings were found to be a waste of time by survey participants. Elsewhere…

Published on October 28th, 2014

The Single Biggest Reason Why Meetings Go Wrong

This video examines the poor thinking that causes so many meetings to disappoint.  Managers are in such a hurry to get answers from groups, they unintentionally hamstring groups to deliver those answers!  Understand how with groups, often slow is fast…

Published on October 28th, 2014

Leaders Behaving Badly

This video explains the key manoeuvres managers use that tend to shut others up! These manoeuvres are usually not delivered with that intention, but they work nonetheless…..The problem is that managers often lack awareness in relation to how they are using their rank to give themselves freedom that others…

Published on October 28th, 2014

How Do High Performing Teams Meet?

Born out of extensive research with executive teams, and years of facilitating effective meetings, Dr. Paul Donovan delivers some straightforward but transformational strategies on how to conduct regular team meetings that really deliver.  These strategies break some old rules, but we challenge you to try them…

Published on July 25th, 2013

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Here’s something for you Introverts! (and extroverts).  A recent best seller by Susan Cain has created a big commotion in the U.S., and her TED talk about her book has been viewed over 4 million times.  This brief review of her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in…