One-on-one meetings are held between a manager and direct report with the objectives of setting priorities, gaining clarity around progress, and improving performance. The value of the meeting should be, at a minimum, equal to the cost of the time spent in the meeting.
A sales team meeting is used to identify, develop, and train sales improvements. The meeting is a forum for promoting the professional development of all participants as they discuss sales related problems, share their unique expertise, and build the Sales Team’s camaraderie.
Everyone occasionally experiences the sinking feeling that comes from having too much to do. There is too much to do, after all. The proliferation of content in the webiverse and the 24/7 work access model have conspired to keep us all moving at a break-neck pace. It is the time of the Quicker and the Deader. So instead of adding even more to the day, why not take something away?
It’s ironic that when leaders become stressed and busy, they forget to use the one tool in their managerial toolbox that will unbury them the quickest: Leverage.
Arguably, the president is the most important position in an organization, responsible for overall performance and guiding the strategic direction of the firm. Of any, surely this position ought to have a written description of how to accomplish these duties. However, if the company is not public and has no board of directors, it is unlikely the president will have one. Why is a simple, written job description of what the company’s leader does for a living so elusive?
Upward delegation occurs when work gets pushed up to the highest level in the organization that will accept it. Are your senior people frequently stepping in to “save the day”? Are deadlines missed while juniors wait for approvals? Are you hearing complaints of boredom from your staff while you are running around with your hair straight back? It could be that work is being delegated up.
An account review is a regularly scheduled meeting between a supplier and client. It is an opportunity to review each others’ performance and working relationship and, to develop that relationship further.
An RFP (Request for Proposal) is issued as part of the procurement process to allow multiple suppliers to competitively bid on providing a product or service. If you are responding to RFPs as a business channel, employ these best practices to win more contracts more often.
A job description defines, in writing, a person’s duties, authorities (tasks they can do without asking permission first), performance criteria, and the qualifications for the role. There are many benefits to using job descriptions, so why do so many small businesses operate without them?
In our work as consultants to various businesses, we have witnessed what we hope isn’t a growing trend but rather a neglected area of leadership practice: the infrequency of formal company addresses or town halls. From the leader’s perspective, this makes sense. We hear, “They already know what we do and why we do it,”… Read more »