Posts by Mike Baer

If You Have to Have a Meeting at Least Make it a Good One

OK. So you have to have a meeting. I get it. I’m no “meeting prude” and I certainly don’t think that ALL meetings are evil. Only most. But if you have to have one then make it matter. Don’t waste your time. Don’t waste your teammates’ time. Here are some commonly accepted but rarely practiced…

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Really? More Meetings?

In the last post, we clearly established that meetings can consume an enormous amount of time and produce very little if anything. It is my hope that you will join me in having a healthy disdain for most meetings. That being said, how can we make them work for us rather than against us. Here…

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Meeting Mania

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that meetings are one of the most useless and wasteful activities of business. Studies show that at the average manager spends about 40% of their time in meetings and that at least 50% of that time is totally wasted. That equates to roughly 1 day per week in which…

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Does Your Technology Work for You or Vice Versa?

Do you ever feel that your technology is ruling you? That you have become a slave to the constant barrage of emails, texts, phone calls, voicemails, etc.? Duh! The other day a high level executive confided to me that he had already received over 1000 emails that week and it was only Wednesday. Here are…

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Where in the World is Jesus Not Lord?

David, the Shepherd-King, wrote that there was no place in creation where God was not present: Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of…

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Two Incredible Little Words

In his fast-read book, The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence, management guru Tom Peters devotes at least 15 of the 163 slots to the same thing—saying, “Thank you.” These words are free and very powerful. Consider: All the money and time we spend on contests and rewards when most people just want…

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Growth Ideas #7: Why?

Many times, I think people get tired of hearing about the “need to grow.” I understand that and have felt that way myself at times. But then I think of the “Why,” “The Cause,” “The Purpose.” For some people, the “Why” behind growing is to make more money. Pure and simple. And, let’s be honest,…

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Every business has a particular rhythm or cadence and the wise leader is quick to figure these out, reinforce them and manage to them. However, they aren’t all the same. Often, due to the rhythm of accounting practices and GAAP, many companies fall into a monthly, quarterly, or annual rhythm. Yet many businesses are actually…

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Growth Ideas #5: Watching the Right Dials

It would not be an understatement to say that we are awash in data. We get reports from all manner of departments through our systems, email, intranet, meetings, conference calls and webinars. Information is everywhere and about everything. If can do it we can measure it and report on it. The result of all of…

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Growth Ideas #4: Deal with Distractions

Companies that grow have learned a simple lesson: focus on the goal and discard distractions. Pure. Simple. Effective. There is no shortage of things to do, listen to, look at or work on. The question is: does that thing advance you toward your desired outcome or pull you to the side, even slightly? Conference calls,…

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