The Business Plan: Conduct A Competitive Analysis

A competitive analysis includes identifying the top competitors in your marketspace, comparing their products and services to yours, and planning how you’ll mitigate those risks.

Leveraging Our Network: References

A reference is a testimonial of someone’s suitability to fill a specific role in an organization.  When we find ourselves in a position where we’re asked to provide a reference for a colleague who’s interviewing for a position, it’s important to provide an honest assessment, particularly if that person wasn’t a top performer when we […]

Finding Balance and Focus: Being in the Moment

Meeting the commitments we make to our families or companies is tough enough, but the real challenge is being present in the moment and focused on what’s occurring. When my son was a toddler and wanted my attention he would walk over to me, reach up, place a little hand on each side of my […]

Establishing the Right Meeting Order and Times

The order and times of our recurring meetings is as important as the content of our meetings. A client I was working with had a meeting every morning with the senior people responsible for completing a complex software project.  The workday began at 7:00 AM so the meeting was scheduled for 8:00 to give the […]

Leveraging Fortune 500 Meeting Behaviors

I’ve heard it said that most of an executive’s work is done in meetings.  In fact, many executives I’ve worked with spend the preponderance of their day in meetings, leaving little time for anything else. Because so much time is spent in meetings, making the concerted effort to ensure we have effective meeting practices in […]