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Is somebody taking notes?   How many times have you attended an in-person or remote meeting where great ideas were generated -- but you never saw the meeting notes? And what about the sessions where ideas flourished on flip charts and sticky notes, only to languish there for eternity? The reason? The person responsible for transcribing the meeting notes couldn’t read the handwriting, couldn’t make sense of the order, or simply couldn’t get to it.   Research shows that...

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Improve Speed to Market with Co-Design and GoWall   You and your team need to design and develop the next generation product. It’s complex, it needs to happen fast, and you have a limited time for R&D. The solution? Use the Co-Design methodology combined with GoWall. Co-Design is an R&D process that professional designers use to empower, encourage, and guide teams (including marketing, operations, production and finance) to collaboratively develop a product or service. This methodology reduces...

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Navigating Complex Projects with Map Day and GoWall   A project manager needed to launch a project that required several teams to get it done. The business wanted the project completed quickly for one of their largest customers, but the teams responsible for the launch were concerned about resources, timelines and costs. The teams had no experience working together, and some were remote.   Using Map Day project management methodology and GoWall, the project manager took a top-down and...

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Did IBM just make another 1980’s style, game-changing decision?   In today’s anytime, anywhere, cloud-based workforce, we have to wonder what IBM was really thinking when they recently recalled every remote worker* to a bricks and mortar office.   While most companies are focusing on making remote working work, IBM has chosen a different path. However, judging by the 4000+ responses on LinkedIn, this path places the tech giant in a very controversial, if not dangerous, position.   This latest move...

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When a 1-hr Meeting Becomes a 20-min Sprint   Challenge   Imagine you’ve got 1 hour scheduled for your meeting, 10 attendees participating and 10 topics to discuss, define and prioritize. Two people are delayed so the meeting starts 5 minutes late.  It takes another 5 minutes for introductions and to set the context for the meeting. And you need 3 minutes to introduce each of the 10 topics.   This leaves you with 20 minutes to get the meaningful feedback...

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Tapping the Wisdom in Diversity   Our business environments today are melting pots of rich, diverse knowledge. Tapping into this collective intelligence is often the goal and frequently the purpose of meetings. However when bringing together non-native speakers and teams with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, there can be gaps in understanding.   “Speaking the same language isn’t always as easy as it sounds,” making effective collaboration “one of the most persistent challenges in international business,” according to Pamela...

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Or Are They Running You?   5 Tips to Help You Make Virtual Meetings Work   In a recent survey we conducted, 73% of respondents said that most of the meetings they participated in were either virtual or a combination of virtual and face-to-face meetings. And over 50% were disappointed that participants came to the meetings unprepared. For most companies, virtual meetings are integral to doing business. When run well, they can foster collaboration and increase engagement while building...

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Bridge the Virtual Divide with Focused Conversations   Reducing office space and travel expenses is a great way for entrepreneurial businesses to save time and money. But the downside can be a lack of collaboration and esprit de corps among members of the team. This presents a considerable challenge as we know the number of companies doing business virtually is growing exponentially. According to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com, the number of work-at-home employees has grown by 115% since 2005, nearly...

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The CEO of a European app development company wanted to hear his employees’ feedback and ideas about the direction of the company. He used surveys and polls, which only 60 to 70 percent of employees completed. It was a decent return, but he wasn’t hearing from everyone and the ideas weren’t free-flowing. Plus, the surveys required several email reminders, and the CEO had to give everyone at least a week to complete them....

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After years of analyzing Millennials’ every move, HR, recruiting and other business functions are shifting their microscope on Generation Z, the group born from 1996 to 2010 that is finishing high school and entering the workforce.   Hannah Payne, a UCLA student and actress who made an appearance in Netflix’ “13 Reasons Why,” described her generation as “the first true digital natives,” a group that “takes in information instantaneously and loses interest just as fast.”   The finger-snap attention...

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